Tom Goodman was born in Baltimore, MD, in 1948. After graduating from Wesleyan University in 1969 with honors in Art he received an MFA from the University of New Mexico in 1973.
In 1975 he was hired by the University of Texas at San Antonio to develop the photography program. Three years later he moved to Philadelphia to teach at the University of the Arts (then the Philadelphia College of Art). He also taught history of Art at the Curtis Institute of Music and during this period he began Tom Goodman Inc., an agency representing photographers and digital illustrators for commercial assignments.
In 2008 Goodman began photographing again for the first time in nearly twenty-five years and in 2009 dissolved his corporation to re-devote himself full-time to photography.