Tom Goodman


BSR Contributor Since March 20, 2012

Tom Goodman is a photographer who lives in Center City Philadelphia.
Tom Goodman was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1948. After graduating from Wesleyan University in 1969 with honors in art, he received an MFA from the University of New Mexico in 1974.

In 1975 he was hired by the University of Texas at San Antonio to develop the photography program. Three years later he moved to Philadelphia to teach at the University of the Arts (then the Philadelphia College of Art). He also taught history of Art at the Curtis Institute of Music and during this period he began Tom Goodman Inc., an agency representing photographers and digital illustrators for commercial assignments.

In 2007 Goodman began photographing again for the first time in nearly 25 years, and in 2009 dissolved his corporation to devote himself full-time to photography.

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"Charger, Bandhavgarh National Park, India, 1996." Inkjet print mounted on Dibond. Photo courtesy of Michael Nichols/National Geographic.)

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents 'Wild: Michael Nichols'

Mild kingdom

Michael “Nick” Nichols is an artist, technical innovator, and ardent advocate for preserving natural habitats. Reviewer Tom Goodman wishes he was more than that.

Tom Goodman

Articles 3 minute read
Claude Monet, “Apple Galettes,” 1882. Probably given by the artist to pastry chef Paul Graff. He loaned it to Monet’s 1883 solo exhibit, which was a complete failure.

Paul Durand-Ruel and Impressionism (second review)

A triumph of didacticism and delectation

Discovering the Impressionists revolves around Paul Durand-Ruel, the prescient and shrewd Parisian dealer who championed, promoted, bought, and sold thousands of works by the Impressionists. His acuity and vision is attested to by the wondrous collection of paintings seen at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's latest blockbuster show.

Tom Goodman

Articles 4 minute read
"Trolley, New Orleans," Robert Frank, 1955. Photo used on the cover of “The Americans”

Considering Robert Frank

Robert Frank finishes first and last

Unlike earlier “street photographers” like Cartier-Bresson or “documentarians” like Walker Evans, Frank was not interested in order, structure, decisiveness, or public policy. Rather, Frank’s was a gruff, sharp-eyed and -tongued look at the underbelly of American society.

Tom Goodman

Articles 5 minute read
A flaneur's eye: Ray Metzker, “Philadelphia,” 1963. (Laurence Miller Gallery)

Photographer Ray Metzker: An appreciation

Remembering Ray Metzker, one of the most important artists of the second half of the 20th century and first decade of this one.

Tom Goodman

Articles 4 minute read
Some of Graham's work is reminiscent of tourist postcards.

David Graham photographs at Gallery 339

Oddities R Us

David Graham has made a career of searching for and finding cultural oddities and modest — very modest — visual ironies. A survey of them is on view at Gallery 339 in his show "David Graham: Thirty-Five Years / 35 Pictures," through March 15th.

Tom Goodman

Articles 2 minute read
Please! Not another saccharine Renoir! (Above: 'Girl With a Yellow Cape,' 1901.)

The Barnes contemplates its audience

Don’t you dare go to the rest room, or: Like old times at the Barnes

The old, insular Barnes Foundation treated its visitors as suspicious interlopers, and not much has changed.

Tom Goodman

Articles 2 minute read
'Equivalents' (1923): The emperor's new clouds?

Alfred Stieglitz "Treasures' at the Art Museum

A legend in his own mnd: The overblown Alfred Stieglitz

No reputation in the history of photography has been more inflated than that of Alfred Stieglitz. The Art Museum, which owns a large cache of his works, took the path of least resistance in this undeserved homage.

Tom Goodman

Articles 4 minute read
'Cynthia': Long on concern, short on imagination.

Zoe Strauss photos at the Art Museum (2nd review)

The Empress's off-the-rack clothes, or: The selling of Zoe Strauss

When the media hype surrounding the Art Museum's “Zoe Strauss: Ten Years” finally subsides, maybe someone will ask the relevant question: Just how important is this proletarian photographer's work artistically?

Tom Goodman

Articles 4 minute read