Jim Goldberg

Clarence Kennedy Gallery

Jim Goldberg is known for his series of photo-texts that contrast the wealthy and the poor in San Francisco; these incorporate his subjects’ own comments beneath the photographs he took of them. Goldberg employed a similar methodology for “Nursing Home,” his new series of photo-texts, currently being shown in a traveling exhibition. For this series, commissioned by the Cambridge Arts Council in 1985, he spent seven months visiting the Neville Manor nursing home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Goldberg first spent three months getting to know the elderly residents and then photographed them. After presenting a print to his subject, he interviewed him or her about how it felt to be old. Edited versions of these responses, written in the subject’s (often palsied) handwriting, appear as part of the final image.

Goldberg is drawn to the “other.” The very rich and the very poor are outside most

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