Mark Goff was an assiduous chronicler of the sixties’ counterculture – the music, the gatherings, the politics. From his home base in Milwaukee, he was an avid witness of his time; his Woodstock photos are grounded in empathetic observation, sharing in and evoking the spirit and sense of possibility that animated the festival. It’s a gift that they’ve now come full circle, back to Sullivan County, in time to be seen in this summer of commemoration.
Following the trail of an online unattributed photo of Woodstock’s opening ceremony, Nick Clemente, local designer, tracked the photo back to one Mark Goff. Attempting to contact the photographer for permission to use his work, Mr. Clemente learned of Mr. Goff’s death in November 2018, and that he had left behind a large cache of 35 millimeter negatives, mostly unseen since they were taken. Mr. Clemente has been restoring the images to pristine condition.
Mr. Goff’s photos will be on display at Gallery 222, Hurleyville, the Sullivan County Historical Society, 265 Main St. ,Hurleyville and in Bethel at the BCA and the Dancing Cat Galleries. These shows are an apt tribute to Mr. Goff’s life and work, and to the Woodstock Festival itself.