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Social documentary photographer Rogovin dies at 101

 25th Jan 2011

 American social documentary photographer, Milton Rogovin, who dedicated much of his life to taking photographs to highlight social injustice, has died at the aged 101.

Rogovin initially worked as an optometrist in Manhattan but in 1958 he began to use photography to communicate his wish for a more equal society. He is well known for focusing on the collapse of the steel industry in his home town of Buffalo and on the plight of workers at the time.

American social documentary photographer, Milton Rogovin, who dedicated much of his life to taking photographs to highlight social injustice, has died at the aged 101.

Rogovin initially worked as an optometrist in Manhattan but in 1958 he began to use photography to communicate his wish for a more equal society. He is well known for focusing on the collapse of the steel industry in his home town of Buffalo and on the plight of workers at the time.

 

Likened to other great social documentary photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine, Rogovin said in 1994, "I was a product of the Great Depression and what I saw and experienced myself made me politically active."

His work was widely published in his lifetime and his photographs are included in distinguished institutions throughout the world, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Library of Congress and the Center for Creative Photography.

Rogivin's website contains the following words: "We are saddened by the loss of such a wonderful human being and photographer. Milton touched many people's lives and documented an important piece of our history."

The message went on to say: "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

 

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