TPG Golden Editions: Jim Goldberg

Black and white image of hand reaching out, with words 'They always welcomed me' drawn on the palm.

TPG Golden Editions: Jim Goldberg

Launching TPG’s 50th Anniversary Golden Editions is this singular and highly resonant work from American photographer, Jim Goldberg (b.1953, US)

They Always Welcomed Me is part of Open See, 2003 – a series of unique works that exemplify Goldberg’s distinctive use of portraiture, landscape, and text. The series addresses the experiences of refugees, immigrants, and trafficked individuals fleeing countries where war, violence, disease, and economic devastation prevail to find new homes in Europe.

Black and white image of hand reaching out, with words 'They always welcomed me' drawn on the palm.

TPG Golden Editions #1: Jim Goldberg

Jim Goldberg, They Always Welcomed Me, 2003
Hand-inscribed silver gelatin print
12 x 14.5’’ Edition of 20 – Each print has been individually inscribed with the written text by the photographer
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Goldberg spent nine years documenting the personal and political journeys of these ‘travellers’, visiting over 18 countries, from Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, to Asia and Africa. As a way of highlighting the individual within each of the stories - despite the universality of the experience - he tapped into a practice he had developed while in graduate school: hand finishing the photographs, and adding handwritten messages or snippets of conversation to make each image a unique object.

They Always Welcomed Me was taken in Greece in 2003 - one of the first trips that Goldberg undertook for this series. It shows the hand of an Albanian cellist who had migrated to Greece with his parents. The words written on his palm describe the hopes of future refugees and reminds us of the needs of those who society would deem forgettable.

In 2010, Jim exhibited OPEN SEE at The Photographers’ Gallery as a solo show. This exhibition was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2011 and he ultimately won the Prize that year. In 2019, Jim was the guest judge for TPG’s inaugural New Talent Award.

Jim Goldberg’s practice has always explored the cutting edge of documentary and his landmark use of image and text have ensured that he is one of the most original and innovative photographers working today. He also transformed the way documentary work was presented in a gallery by developing an installation-based approach combining very small and large prints, often producing free newspapers to give-away to audiences and introducing material elements (such as sand) into his display.

Goldberg’s long-term projects include Rich and Poor (1977-85), Raised by Wolves (1985-95), and Open See (2003-2011), for which he was awarded the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2011. Goldberg’s works are in numerous collections including the: Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, LACMA, National Gallery of Art, Alinari National Museum of Photography in Florence, Le Musee de la Photographie, Belgium, and Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany. Goldberg is Professor Emeritus at California College of the Arts and a member of Magnum Photos. He is represented by Casemore Kirkeby Gallery in San Francisco.