The University of Arizona

Center for Creative Photography

Milton Rogovin

Milton Rogovin in his darkroom, c1980

As a practicing optometrist, and after an assault by the House Un-American Activities Committee, Milton Rogovin began his second career as a social documentary photographer in 1957. His subjects spanned the Storefront Churches of Buffalo, Pablo Neruda’s Chile, the Family of Miners, Working People, the Yemeni and Native American community and the Lower West Side, a Buffalo neighborhood where Milton Rogovin photographed families for thirty years.

Throughout his fifty year career, Milton Rogovin, along with his wife Anne, chronicled the lives of poor and working people in ten nations. He stated of his journey, “the rich have their own photographers, I choose to photograph the forgotten ones.”

January 18, 2011, Milton passed away at 101 years of age. For more information about Milton Rogovin and his work, please visit miltonrogovin.com

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