About the Photographer
American, b. 1947
Drawing on his background in chemistry, genetics, and biology, David Goldes transforms the physical world into metaphor in his photographic still-lifes based on historical electrical experiments. In his most recent series Electro-graphs, Goldes charges his original graphite drawings with conductor cables, making invisible currents of electricity visible photographically.
David Goldes completed his BA in Biology and Chemistry from SUNY at Buffalo, New York (1968), his MA in Molecular Genetics from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (1971), and his MFA in photography from the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY (1977). He has received numerous fellowships, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1999), an NEA Individual Artist Fellowship (1984), Bush Foundation Art Fellowships (1981, 1993), a McKnight Foundation Fellowship (1998), a residency at the City des Arts in Paris (1984-86), and fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board (1982, 1995). His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Whitney Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Yale Art Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, among many others.