Considered a catalyst in the modern revival of the photogravure process, Goodman is a master printer of photogravure and a photographer. Residing in Western Massachusetts, he runs a print shop and produces work both independently and in collaboration with others.
In 1976, after receiving his BA in art, Goodman was awarded a fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation to study the photogravure process in Switzerland. He spent a few years there working with a handful of fine Swiss printmakers and engravers, 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 Goodman 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, such as William Henry Fox Talbot, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Joel-Peter Witkin. In addition, Goodman teaches classes and lectures on photogravure.
Goodman approaches 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 solo exhibitions in Scotland, France, and Switzerland. His work has been collected by many museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Musée de L’Elysée, and The Bibliothèque National.
In 2005, Goodman published Photography In High Places: The Work Of Bradford Washburn. This lavish portfolio printed in an edition of 100 represents Goodman’s foray into the publishing marketplace.