Notes From My First Deposition,
14" x 11", archival ink-jet print, 2002
I started making visual art in 1993. I was a sophomore at Princeton University when I signed up for an introductory photography class. I remember when I began to see things differently. After several months of photographing, developing my negatives, and printing images in the darkroom, my way of processing visual information, literally, changed. It was gradual, but distinct. I saw things differently. I still do.
At Princeton, I majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs with a focus area on the influence of domestic policy on the development of racial, ethnic, religious and gender-based groups. I minored in Visual Arts and did a thesis in each field. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1996. Later, I got a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (2001) and a Juris Doctor (JD) from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia (2004). I have been fortunate to learn from many influential teachers along the way.
I make art about serious things: race, social class, otherness. I make art about memory, place and loss. These are the things that interest me. Art is way of communicating about them.
Originally, my photographs were portraits of people who were different than me. My camera has always allowed me go to places where I wasn’t supposed to be, where I didn’t belong. Though people are no longer prominent in my photographs, their presence remains essential to my work.
Jonathan Scott Goldman