Thursday, January 20, 2011

"The rich have their own photographers....."

".....I photograph the forgotten ones."- Milton Rogovin












One of my favorite photographers, Milton Rogovin, has passed away.

He was 101 years old. As a social activist, he was targeted as a communist in 1957, appearing before the HUAC, and subsequently losing his optometry practice. From the age of 48, he continued his social activism by documenting "forgotten ones." He documented the poor, from families in his hometown of Buffalo, to the Appalachians, to miners around the world.

I first discovered his work in the photo section of the Los Angeles Public Library, main downtown branch, in the late 90s, and have been a major fan ever since.

If you can make it to Chicago, there is a Rogovin exhibit, The Working-Class Eye of Milton Rogovin, opening today and up until June 30th, at Roosevelt University's Gage Gallery.

Short Doc about him from 2003....


Thank you, Mr. Rogovin, for showing us....


3 comments:

Joy said...

Aha! Now you HAVE TO come to Chicago! [insert evil cackle]

Anonymous said...

I think there's another documentry about him you might want to check out. Cant remember the name

Anonymous said...

Yep, there is another documentary. Its called 'The Rich have their own photographers'. Well worth tracking down