Belonging To Memory
The photographs in this series were taken in central Texas along the banks of the Colorado River where I walk mile after mile; among the pine and oak forest where I live in Bastrop County; and within the nearby cemetery where my parents are buried.
I go to these places not to record the facts of the terrain, but to discover aspects of my feelings, not the least important of which, is the pleasure of photographing.
Born in 1946 in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Goodman resides in Bastrop, Texas. A student of anthropology at Boston University, he studied photography with Minor White. For over a decade, Goodman has been receiving grants for his photography – such as those from the National Endowment for Arts. Goodman is best known for his ten-year series of portraits (begun in 1971) created in Millerton, New York. He has shown at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His latest body of work, featured here, Belonging to Memory, presents a new and somewhat different direction for this artist, and was made over the last ten years in Texas. Goodman has taught for the University of Texas at Austin since 1980.