About this Film

In 1957, Milton Rogovin was declared “The Top Communist in Buffalo”. In reality, he was an optometrist active registering Black voters. Refusing to be silenced, he found a new political voice, a camera.

Milton began to document Buffalo’s poorest and working classes, and eventually, the world’s. Collaborating with Pablo Neruda and others at the forefront of justice movements, documenting those he considers, “The Forgotten Ones”.

Through his photographs, Rogovin depicts the extreme inequalities that exist and conveys that message through beautiful works of art. But for Rogovin, his prints are his protests, his only concern is the continuing fight for social justice.

Will You Make a Wish Come True?

[Buffalo, NY] On December 27 WNED in Buffalo aired, for the first time ever on television, "The Rich Have Their Own Photographers," a film by Ezra Bookstein about the life and work of Milton Rogovin.

Milton, who turned 100 years old this December 2009, had to wait 3 years to see this film aired on TV. We think that this documentary should be aired on public television stations across the country!

Will you help make Milton's wish come true?

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Recent Publicity

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.

The Rich Have Their Own Photographers

The award winning documentary film, "The Rich have Their Own Photographers," had its debut at the Lincoln Center with Pete Seeger as MC and is now finally available.

The Rich Have Their Own Photographers
2007, 60 min. B&W and Color, 4:3DvCAM NTSC

Directed by Ezra Bookstein
Produced by Telling Images Films, LLC
in association with MUSE Film & Television