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Jim Goldberg
Open See
SC, 25 x 22 cm., four Booklets in one slipcase
Steidl 2009

Jim Goldberg is best known for his book "Raised By Wolves," published in 1995, an impressionistic and often graphic document of the 10 years he spent photographing the young homeless of San Francisco. Now comes "Open See," the book and accompanying exhibition, both part of a still-ongoing project about what Goldberg calls the "new Europeans"- illegal immigrants, refugees, displaced people and asylum seekers from Africa, the Middle East and eastern Europe. Though Goldberg's work is political, he is uncomfortable with the term, describing himself instead as "a documentary storyteller". That just about nails it. He deploys various formats- Polaroids, photographs, video stills, found images and hand-written texts- to create a fragmented narrative that fractures the received conventions of reportage or straight documentary. (The Observer)


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