Tim Goodman was born in Berkeley, California, spent his elementary school years in northern and southern California and high school years in England.  He Returned to California for college, graduating from The University of California at Berkeley in 1985.  It was at Berkeley, while pursuing art history, that Goodman discovered the black and white photographs of Lee Friedlander and Robert Adams and was so moved by their work and ideas that he decided to give the medium a shot.

It wasn’t easy at first.  The demands of work and school precluded shooting by day, so Goodman photographed at night, in and around the distribution yard of the Sherwin Williams Paint Company in Emeryville – long since razed and replaced by an IKEA.  The best of those pictures comprised his first solo show, “Transformations of Night”, at The Eye Gallery in San Francisco, in 1984.    

Since that time Goodman has travelled extensively throughout California and the West, photographing along the edges of small towns and small towns done in by the Interstates, suburban homes and gardens of the Mojave Desert, the alpine Sierra Nevada, northwest coast and most recently, the foothills of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley.   

Goodman’s photographs have been exhibited extensively and are held in the permanent collections of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Palm Springs Museum of Art, The Northwest Center for Photography and The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum.

Tim heads Goodman Landscape Design with his wife, fellow photographer, painter and landscape designer extraordinaire, Lisa Toby.  Their work has been published widely and garnered numerous awards.

Through his landscaping work and photography, Goodman has sought to better understand and make sense of our complex relationship with this western landscape we call home and the marks upon the land we’ve made towards that end.  His pictures explore the inextricable ties that bind us to the natural world and the outsized forces that shape that world. 

Tim and Lisa live in the Berkeley Hills, their son Cole having recently left for college.



University of California at Berkeley
B.A. Humanities/Art History 1985


Solo Exhibitions

Metro Gallery
Reno, NV March 13 - May 5 2006

"Where Trees Give Way"
Mill Valley City Hall
Mill Valley, CA. Feb. 2- Mar. 1 2006

Reno NV Sept 6-Oct 28 2005

Fire House Gallery
Grants Pass, OR September 1 - 24 2005

Photo/Print Gallery T.M.C.C.
Reno, NV November 2004

The Print Center
Philadelphia, PA May 21 - June 30 1999

Photographic Center Northwest
Seattle, WA April 1 - 29 1999

University of California Berkeley Art Museum
Berkeley, CA October 21 1998 - February 7 1999

Modern Art Oxford
Pembroke, England. October 21 1998-January 1 1999

University of California Extension Gallery
San Francisco, CA July 21 - August 28 1998

Davis Art Center
Davis, CA March 10 - April 2 1993

SRO Gallery Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX January 18 - February 8 1993

Blue Sky Gallery
Portland, OR March 1989

Southern Exposure Gallery
San Francisco, CA December 1988

Eye Gallery
San Francisco, CA February 1985

Stiles Hall
Berkeley, CA October 1983

A.S.U.C. Studio Gallery
Berkeley, CA September 1983


Group Exhibitions

Contemporary Desert Photography: The Other Side of Paradise
Palm Springs Desert Museum
Palm Springs, CA December 16 2005 - March 2006

Works On Paper
Long Beach Arts
Long Beach, CA. October 1 - Nov. 5 2005

A Sense Of Place
Gertrude Institute of Art
Augusta, GA. September 16 - Oct. 21 2005

Man and Nature
Northwest Cultural Council
Barrington, IL. June 1-July 31 2005

National Juried Exhibition
Gallery 76
Wenatchee, WA March 28 - May 7 2005

My California: Views from the Golden State
National Steinbeck Center
Salinas, CA March 4 - June 5 2005

Three Thoughts on the Landscape
Reynolds Gallery
University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA September 27 - October 28 1999

Lewis-Clark Juried Art Exhibition
Lewis-Clark Center
Lewiston, Idaho July 1 - 31 1999

Fantastic Visions: Abstract and Surrealism
Danville Fine Arts Gallery
Danville, CA January 23 - February 27 1999

30th Annual National Juried Exhibition
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs, CA February 23 - March 21 1999

California Landscapes: An Urban/Suburban Rural Dialogue
Triton Museum of Art
Santa Clara, CA March 3 - May 10 1998

Statewide Competition & Exhibition Photography 
Black and White, Color and Mixed Media

Triton Museum of Art
Santa Clara, CA September 6 - October 30 1997

Fine Art Photography
Danville Fine Arts
Danville, CA April 19 - May 31 1997

Midwest Photography Invitational VII
Lawton Gallery
University of Wisconsin
Green Bay, Wisconsin October 20 - November 15 1992

Illuminance 92
Lubbock Fine Arts Center
Lubbock, TX April 3 - 25 1992

7th Juried Photo Exhibition
Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art
Monterey, CA October - December 1990

Galerie Chacun a Son Gout
San Francisco, CA September 1986

Heller Gallery
UC Berkeley, CA June 1985


Published Work and Reviews

“Through The Lens"
Lou Fancher
Diablo magazine
May 2013

“Sorry Paradise' and 'Rancho Deserta”
Richard Whittaker, Works + Conversations No. 2
June 1999

"Desert Flower"
Gerald Brown, The Philadelphia Inquirer
June 4, 1999

"Innocence and Angst in Landscapes"
Catherine Maclay, San Jose Mercury News
April 5, 1998

"California Dreaming"
Ann Elliot Sherman, Metro Arts
March 12 - 18 1998

"Islands of History: Tim Goodman at Blue Sky"
Phil Hunt, The Oregonian
March 11, 1989

"Confrontations with Reality"
Lois Allan, Artweek
March 25, 1989

"Tim Goodman at Southern Exposure"
Margie O'Driscoll, Photo metro
December 1988 / January 1989

"Transformations of Night"
Jim Jordan, Artweek
March 2, 1985


Awards and Publications

“Where Trees Give Way: views from Northwest Coast”
Edition One Books 2015

“Where Trees Give Way: views from the High Sierra”
Edition One Books 2014

Published “Sorry Paradise” May 1997

Photographic Award Winner
Palm Springs Museum March 1999

Merit Award
Triton Museum of Art September 1997

Alliance Award
Triton Museum of Art September 1997


Works in the Collection Of

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Palm Springs Museum of Art

University of California, Berkeley Art Museum

Northwest Center for Photography, Seattle, WA

Private Collections in the U.S. and Europe