Jim Goldberg, Raised by Wolves

The city is made to get lost in. Some people disappear there by design, seduced by the freedom of anonymity, the chance for reinvention. 

 

Others—often those short on means and advantages—arrive seeking a better life but find themselves pushed to the margins, trapped, for myriad reasons, in a cycle of poverty that is extremely difficult to reverse.

Jim Goldberg, born in New Haven, CT, has devoted much of his practice to honouring those who fall into the latter category. His subjects are often people existing on the fringes, who are otherwise treated as invisible by mainstream society, or flattened into caricature. Raised By Wolves, published in 1995, followed California street kids as they fumbled through lives coloured by addiction, abuse, and violence.

"I wanted to look at those people who were outsiders, like I was."

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