Milton Rogovin, 1909-2011

January 24, 2011

Family of Miners, Cuba, 1984-89 (photo ID: FoM_cuba_069);

The renowned social documentary photographer and activist Milton Rogovin died last week, aged 101. From the Buffalo News:

Mr. Rogovin turned to photography not long after being hauled before the House Un-American Activities Committee in October 1957 for leftist political activity. … His photography would take him from West Side street corners and Lackawanna steel factories to fields in Chile and coal mines in Appalachia, Zimbabwe, Spain, Mexico, Cuba and elsewhere. … Mr. Rogovin’s best-known book is “Triptychs: Buffalo’s Lower West Side Revisited,” which was published in 1994.

More here; see here for an in-depth interview from 2004 (“In Buffalo I met Anne Setters at a wedding reception while discussing the Spanish Civil War”). A video from 2009 can be viewed here; a photo gallery here.