About the Book
I have eaten the blackberries along the river Lea. I have made photographs of the allotments and I have read the works of Iain Sinclair. I have seen the paintings of Julian Perry and I have admired the photographs of Stephen Gill. Though my photographs may only be a weak amalgamation of their work, my premise remains. My photographs are a pastiche of a time past, a paradise lost; they are a historic record. Olympic Park has been made into a sanitized, redefined village green, a transmuted athletic amusement park. The wildness has been sucked out and replaced with a gentrified version of it’s former self. I have tried to make its transformation into an artificial place clear in my photographs.
Gary Goldberg is a Professor of Art at Midwestern State University, where he has taught since 1983. He earned his B.F.A at Arizona State University and his M.F.A. at the University of Nebraska. Professor Goldberg has been awarded a grant from the Rotary Foundation international exchange program he has also been the recipient of an Emerging Artist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Professor Goldberg’s photographs have been published in numerous magazines, including Texas Monthly, Harpers & Queen, and American Profile. His photo credits in books include The Family of Women, Exploring Color Photography, Photographic Possibilities, Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, Creative Photography: Camera and Darkroom Manual, and Bonfire of Roadmaps. Public collections in which Professor Goldberg’s photographs appear include the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and the Photography Collection in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas,