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Jon Goodman

ON GOODMAN may be considered the catalyst in the modern revival of the photogravure process. He is a master printer of photogravure and a photographer. Residing in western Massachusetts, he runs a print shop and produces work by both himself and others.

In 1976, after receiving a B.A. in art, Goodman was awarded a fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation to study and learn the photogravure process in Switzerland. He spent a few years there working with the handful of fine Swiss printmakers and engravers still practicing the craft and then returned to the United States to study further with Richard Benson. Benson's well-equipped studio was an ideal environment for Goodman to learn about light sensitive materials and film manipulation techniques.

In 1978, he established a photogravure workshop for Aperture, underwritten by Hazel Strand, Paul Strand's widow, where he printed portfolios of work by Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, and others. Since 1984 he has run Jon Goodman Photogravure in Massachusetts, producing exquisite prints from the negatives of photographers covering the entire history of the medium. Among them are William Henry Fox Talbot, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Joel-Peter Witkin. In addition, Goodman teaches classes and lectures on photogravure.

Goodman came to photogravure as a photographer and continues to make his own creative pictures with the camera. His landscape and still life prints have been exhibited nationally and internationally; outside of this country he has had one-person exhibitions in Scotland, France and Switzerland. His work has been collected by many museums, among them the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museé de L'Elysée (Lausanne, Switzerland) and the Bibliothèque National (Paris).

In 2005, Goodman published Photography in High Places: The Work of Bradford Washburn. This lavish portfolio printed in an edition of 100 (10 of which are limited ChinCholet) represents Goodman's foray into the publishing marketplace.

Jon Goodman, 1953 - .
Goodman in his studio. 2002.
Photogravure print.
16.7 x 13.8 cm