Blog / Milton Rogovin: The Lives They Lived


By Wendy

Many of us learned about documentary photographer Milton Rogovin for the first time with “Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection,” on view through Jan. 8, 2012, at the Nasher Museum. From collector Kenneth Montague: “Milton Rogovin dedicated his life to documenting poor people in his community, seeing the great spiritual bond and love between people, finding beauty. So, he’s a guy who, spiritually, has a lot in common with Jurgen Schadeberg and Fred Herzog–going into communities where oppression is familiar. This represents a very interesting interplay between photographer and subject that is the major theme in ‘Becoming.’ ”
It was exciting to see a beautiful spread of Rogovin’s photographs in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. Ira Glass, Julie Snyder and Lisa Pollak, producers of WBEZ Chicago’s public-radio program “This American Life,” were guest editors of the section “The Lives They Lived.”
From the magazine:
“The documentary photographer Milton Rogovin (b. 1909) sometimes returned to the same people over and over for decades. He took these portraits of one family in Buffalo in 1973, 1984, 1992 and 2001. This interview, which has been edited, was conducted by Dave Isay for their 2003 book, ‘The Forgotten Ones.’ ”

IMAGE: Milton Rogovin, “Johhny Lee Wines and Ezekiel ‘Zeke’ Johnson,” 1973. Archival pigment print, 22 x 21.5 inches. Detail used by permission. Photograph (c) Milton Rogovin 1952-2002. Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona Foundation.

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