Photo Series: Lower West Side Triptychs, 1972-94

"In 1984, after an absence of twelve years, I returned to the Lower West Side of Buffalo, NY to re photograph the individuals and families who continued to live in that area. Then, eight years later, after overcoming heart surgery and cancer treatment, I again returned to the Lower West Side to complete a series of Triptychs which are unique in the history of social documentary history. The photographs in this series document the lives of the people over a 20 year span."–Milton Rogovin

Included in this series are photos taken both indoors or outside the homes. There are photographs of changes of homes and storefronts over time as well. Milton and Anne were able to reconnect with 60 families.

Related Publications

  • Triptychs, Buffalo's Lower West Side Revisited, W.W. Norton, 1994
  • From the Western Door to the Lower West Side, White Pine Press, 2009. Native American poet Eric Gansworth weaves his poetry with Milton Rogovin's Native American series.
  • Picture Man: the Poetry of Photographer Milton Rogovin, [DVD] 19 min. 23 sec, 70 photographs, 17 poems, 2009
  • Milton Rogovin: The Lens & the Pen: Photographs and Poems, Published by Palisade Press, 2009
  • Milton Rogovin: The Forgotten Ones, University of Washington Press, 1985; Quantuck Lane Press, 2003
  • The Bonds Between Us: Family Portraits From Around The World, White Pine Press, 2001
  • Milton Rogovin: The Making of a Social Documentary Photographer, University of Washington Press and the Center for Creative Photography, September 30, 2006

For curriculum and a folio download of the Lower West Side series, as well as a history of the neighborhood written by JoAnn Wypijewski, please visit the education page.