Milton Rogovin, Social Documentary Photographer
Rogovin (top left) was born in New York City in 1909, and grew up to become an optometrist for the US Army. After seeing and dealing with horrific scenes in World War Two, Rogovin was inspired and began shooting images in 1958 to demonstrate his desire for an equal and just society. His aim is to help the viewer see the people in his photographs in a new light, as people of dignity and strength.
Rogovin has photographed images all over the world and often likes to shoot people of the poorer demographics. He spent many years in Buffalo taking photographs of the people there, and has focused on Native Americans, storefront churches, interracial relationships, mining families and everyday life. Rogovin has also taken photos in places such as Chile, Mexico, Appalachia and Yemeni.
"All my life I’ve focused on the poor. The rich ones have their own photographers." - Milton Rogovin, 2003