Artstor is collaborating with The Rogovin Collection to share approximately 300 images of Milton Rogovin’s social documentary photography in the Digital Library. A documentary photographer and political activist, Milton Rogovin (b. 1909) is best known for his portraits of the poor and working class, and his depictions of their lives, communities, and working conditions.

Over the course of three decades, Rogovin photographed the working people and ethnic communities in the Buffalo area, often returning to his subjects and in some cases tracing the same family’s history in a series of triptychs and quartets. Further afield, Rogovin explored the plight of workers, particularly miners, in the small towns of Appalachia. In 1983, Rogovin received the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, which allowed him to expand his “Family of Miners” series to include workers in Scotland, France, Spain, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Cuba, Mexico, China, and Zimbabwe. Throughout his career, Milton Rogovin’s work has appeared in more than 160 journals, magazines, and other publications. Rogovin has participated in 60 solo exhibitions and more than 30 group exhibitions.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Milton Rogovin: Social Documentary Photographs collection page.

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