A 1998 graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in Spanish, Goldman’s first job was as a staff photographer at the weekly North County Independent newspaper, in Rhode Island. In 2001, he joined the staff of the Boston Herald as a photo technician, before becoming a staff photographer there in 2002. In 2007, Goldman returned to his native New York City to join the AP as an editor on the national photo desk, before leaving in 2008 to pursue opportunities as a freelance photographer. During his time freelancing, he worked regularly for the AP, The New York Times, Getty Images, Rapho and Polaris agencies, and has covered stories in his career ranging from Afghanistan, Gaza, and the West Bank, to the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
In 2010, Goldman was part of the AP’s Pulitzer-Prize-nominated finalist entry for breaking news photography, for the team’s coverage of the war in Afghanistan. Goldman’s work also earned him the New York Press Photographer’s 2010 Photographer of the Year award. His work has appeared in major publications such as Newsweek, Time, Paris Match, Le Figaro, and Sports Illustrated, and his video and multimedia work have been featured on CNN and msnbc.com. In 2010, Goldman rejoined the AP as a staff photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia.