Joyce Carol Oates states, “John Goodmanʼs camera, is not an instrument of detachment, analysis, or judgment, but an iris of an eye that is our own, dissolving ostensible barriers between object and subject. His intention is to make feel, not merely see the world of The Times Square Gym.
Duane Michals writes, "John Goodman's 'The Times Square Gym is very reminiscent of the great Brodovitch's book 'Ballet' in the way it captures the atmosphere of the boxer's world. It is the best book about boxing that I have ever seen.”
Goodman’s work resides in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, MFA Boston and San Francisco MOMA. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, and he has photographed campaigns for the GAP, Converse, Woolrich, Faded Glory, Ungaro and Gucci. Goodman is represented by galleries in New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Rockland Maine. Goodman is on the faculty of College of Art and Design at Lesley University and teaches at the Maine Media Workshops.