Observing the world through the lens of a camera

Jim Goldberg is considered one of the world’s top photojournalists. Over the past 20 years, he has exhibited his work at major museums around the world and has received many distinctions and awards. Since 2002, he has worked for the international photo agency Magnum and he is also a professor at the California College of the Arts in Oakland. When in 2003 he was invited to Greece – along with other Magnum photographers – by the Greek Culture Ministry for the Cultural Olympiad, he took the opportunity to meet new people and enter their lives for a while. It is an approach that he has used for the last 30 years. The results of that visit were exhibited at the Benaki Museum in the summer of 2004. Since then, Goldberg has been back many times in order to explore the question of migration in the Mediterranean, which he compares with the waves of immigration to the United States at the end of the 19th century. «The consequences of the largest migration wave in modern European history is, on a daily basis, more and more visible and that is what makes Jim Goldberg’s work particularly timely and important,» said Anna Printezi, curator of the Barcelona exhibition, which ended on Saturday.