Audio Clip: Weekend Edition Interview with Milton Rogovin

Weekend Edition on NPR with commentator Scott Simon. Scott Simon speaks with Milton Rogovin about becoming a photographer and his work on the Lower West Side.

Audio Clip: Interview with Milton Rogovin

Interview with Milton and his daughter on Milton's 100th birthday. Joyce Kryszak, WBFO News.

Recent Press

Last Links: The Jewish Connection to American Social Realism, by Paul Von Blum, published July 29, 2011, Tikkun

The People V. the Optometrist, by Arthur Bleich, Rangefinder Magazine for Professional Photographers, January 2010

Rangefinder Article

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The NY Times Lens Blog features Milton with numerous photographs from his various series, upcoming celebrations, new publications, the new Picture Man: The Poetry of Photographer Milton Rogovin film, his website and more. Published August 9, 2009.

Recent Exhibitions

A Test of Time: The Photography of Milton Rogovin at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca, New York.

A Yemeni Community: 1970's photos by Milton Rogovin at El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera in Buffalo, New York.

More information on current and upcoming exhibits »

Critical Essays & Media

Milton Rogovin: An Activist Photographer
© Robert Hirsch/,
Originally published in Afterimage, September/October 2004

The essential Rogovin: An in-depth conversation
© Robert Hirsch/
Originally published in Buffalo Spree Magazine, November 2004

Last Links: The Jewish Connection to American Social Realism
© Paul Von Blum, published in Tikkun, July 29, 2011

Critical Media (PDF Downloads)

The following critical essays are available as PDF downloads (click any title to download):

On The Job"On the Job in Illinois: Then and Now," is a dramatic photographic exploration of working men and women, past and present, creating the goods and services of modern society in one of America's greatest industrial states.

Traveling Exhibition. Produced by the Illinois Labor History Society, 1976.

The Timeless Eye was an introduction by Robert Doherty, then Director of the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York (1972-1981).

The photograph on page 7 had a major impact on Milton Rogovin's photography. In 1976 Milton launched into the series called, Working People. He began photographing in steel mills foundries in Lackawanna and Buffalo, New York. He was photographing men and women at the work-place.

In 1976, Milton's son Mark brought On the Job catalog home. Milton looked through the publication and was stunned by the photo on page 7, labeled, "Fig. 5 Photographer Unknown 'Jones and Laughlin Steel Worker at Home. N.D. J & L." Immediately Milton recognized that he was taking a narrow view of the worker. He needed to take a deeper look into the workers that he photographed--to understand more about the life of the worker-- what was their home life like, were they married, did they have children, divorced, hobbies, art on the walls...

The Working People series then expanded from 1976 to 1987 when he made a "revisited trip" to the homes of the workers. Not one of the workers still had that $18 an hour Union job. A few were "lucky" to have an $8. job at a McDonalds. Most all the foundries were leveled, the equipment had been shipped to Mexico or China.

The series became so much richer with Milton's viewing that "Page 7, Photographer Unknown" photograph in the catalog. All his future series were influenced by this education.

- Mark Rogovin

For Rogovin, A Bittersweet 'Harvest Time', by Mark Sommer - News Staff Reporter, The Buffalo News, Sunday, July 27, 2003

Milton Rogovin's "Approach": Photography, Class, and the Aesthetics of Making Space
by Joseph Entin (3.1 MB)

Milton Rogovin biography excerpted from Eye Witness: Milton Rogovin, Social Documentary Photographer
by Melanie Herzog (28 KB).

Milton Rogovin, Social Documentary Photography and Jewish Identity
by Melanie Herzog (5.8 MB)

The Eye Doctor's Vision: The Documentary Photography of Milton Rogovin

by Paul Von Blum (2.4 MB)

Photography & Writing: A Pedagogy of Seeing
by Janet Zandy (432 KB)

Photography and the Work of Class and Race
by Janet Zandy (176 KB)

The Practice of Not Forgetting: Photography by Milton Rogovin in Buffalo's Lower West Side
by Janet Zandy and Mark Rogovin (5 MB)

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