Milton Rogovin (1909-2011), Untitled, From the Series Chile 32-12, 1967; gelatin silver print, 6 7/8 x 6 11/16 inches; Gift of Robert M. and Mary Ann Budin, 2001
A Celebration of Mothers, Fathers and Children: Photographs by Milton Rogovin
On View Saturday, May 2–Sunday, July 5, 1998
Milton Rogovin was known internationally for his humanitarian portrait photography. In formally composed images, his subjects face the camera within the environments of their workplaces, homes or neighborhoods. He chose to document human dignity in the face of abject poverty and personal strife. In his most acclaimed photographs, we are introduced to steel workers, miners and other laborers toiling in strenuous, often unappreciated jobs in North and South America, Africa, China, and Europe. In addition, the passage of time is poignantly chronicled through the lives of families from the lower west side of Buffalo that he photographed three times over 20 years. Although he chose not to identify his subjects to the public, Rogovin and his wife, Anne, knew everyone by name.
Rogovin's compassionate photographs of mothers and fathers with their children were presented in recognition of Mother's Day and Father's Day. Works were selected from several important series including Store Front Churches (1958-61), Appalachia (1962-71), Chile (1967), Yemeni (1976-77), Working People (1977-80), Lower West Side Revisited (1969-1992), Zimbabwe (1989), and Children Having Children (1993), encompassing some of his most famous images as well as new and revealing studies.