Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy 101st Birthday Milton!

Season's Greetings from Buffalo, NY! 

December 30th will mark Milton Rogovin's 101st Birthday! 

In honor of his birthday, Milton has requested that you make donations to the Western New York Peace Center or Military Families Speak Out. Our contributions together will really help further the cause of Peace.

We'd also like to share the remarkable documentary film, "Milton Rogovin: The Forgotten Ones," Winner of Tribeca Film Festival for Short Documentaries by filmmaker Harvey Wang.

View the Film on YouTube

This short film celebrates the life's work of photographer Milton Rogovin, who was 93 when this film was shot. After being blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s and subsequently losing his optometry practice, Rogovin dedicated his life to photographing the residents of a depressed six-block area in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. Rogovin's first series of portraits of Lower West Side residents was completed in 1972. Over the next twenty years, Rogovin returned two more times to re-photograph his subjects. The film follows him as he returns one more time to the Lower West Side to take a fourth in his series of once-a-decade portraits.

Best Documentary Short
2003 Tribeca Film Festival, New York, NY

2003 The One Show Film Festival, New York, NY

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"Picture Man" Wins 1st Prize in Short Documentary Category

Special Announcement

We are very pleased to announce the film "Picture Man the Poetry of Photographer Milton Rogovin" has won 1st prize for short documentaries in the Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival.

Congratulations to the star of the show, Milton Rogovin, and the film's crew: Sharon Karp (Director/Editor), Jerri Zbiral (Production Managerl, Mark Rogovin (Producer), Isadore Bleckman (Cinematography), and Sheera Bleckman (Assistant Editor).

The festival is presented by the PROGRESS Arts Group Inc., a non-profit charitable arts and education organization whose mission is to educate and create opportunities through the arts - worldwide.

Monday, July 5, 2010

New Photographs of Milton

Visit the Milton Rogovin website to view new photographs of Milton! Photographs by Robert Kalman.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Milton Rogovin Honored for Lifetime Contributions

On December 30th of 2009, Milton's 100th birthday was celebrated with family and friends. Milton received international felicitations and recognition including a personal letter from President Barack Obama.

June 4, 2010 - The Center for Study of Working Class Life honored Milton Rogovin with its Award for Lifetime Contributions to Social Justice for Working People.

This award was presented at the bi-annual "How Class Works" conference at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, on Friday, June 4, 2010.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Rich have Their Own Photographers - Finally Available!

"This Movie Could Change the World!" - Pete Seeger

In 1957, Milton Rogovin was declared “The Top Communist in Buffalo”. In reality, he was an optometrist active registering Black voters. Refusing to be silenced, he found a new political voice, a camera. Milton began to document Buffalo’s poorest and working classes, and eventually, the world’s. Collaborating with Pablo Neruda and others at the forefront of justice movements, documenting those he considers, “The Forgotten Ones”. Through his photographs, Rogovin depicts the extreme inequalities that exist and conveys that message through beautiful works of art. But for Rogovin, his prints are his protests, his only concern is the continuing fight for social justice. Watch the trailer here:

Now available for purchase on our website!

Directed by Ezra Bookstein
Produced by Telling Images Films, LLC in association with MUSE Film & Television

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Milton Rogovin's Son Mark Will Launch This Blog

Milton Rogovin has turned 100--and he is doing pretty well! The best way to meet up with him is to join him on Saturdays at an anti-war vigil in Buffalo.

The Rogovin website has a new webmaster and tons of new material. Most importantly we have expanded the Education section of the site with 14 portfolios of Milton's photography and Teacher's Guides to help walk a teacher thru classroom projects. The Teacher's Guide is also in Spanish.

We are developing a listing from cameras to all the critical darkroom materials that Milton used--from film developer to burning and dodging tools. Included will be scans of the darkroom with chemical charts, retouching aid and more.

more soon

Projected 2011 Exhibition in Chicago

Exhibition projected at Gaga Gallery/Roosevelt Univ. in Chicago in 2011.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Milton's Work on Exhibit at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum

From the Western Door to the Lower West Side with photographs by Milton Rogovin and poetry by Native American Eric Gansworth will be on exhibit at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca, NY.

Exhibit Dates: April 14 - July 10, 2010
An opening reception will take place on the April 14th, exact times TBA. Milton Rogovin plans to be at the reception.

This exhibition coincides with a new publication of poetry by Eric Gansworth of Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, illustrated with Milton Rogovin’s photographs of Native Americans of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) community of Western New York and Ontario, Canada. The photographs are documents of contemporary life and the social history on the reservations outside of Buffalo, near the Cattaraugus, Tonawanda and Tuscarora reservations and the Lower West Side of Buffalo. Specific tribes include the Seneca, Mohawk and the Tuscarora. The photographs were taken between 1963 and 1993.

The book can be purchased online in the Rogovin Store.

For additional information please visit the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum online or contact the museum at (716) 945.1104.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Welcome to the Milton Rogovin Blog

Social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin, now 100 years old, has been likened to the great social documentary photographers of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Lewis Hine and Jacob Riis. His photographs are in the Library of Congress, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Center for Creative Photography and other distinguished institutions around the world. His work speaks of the humanity of working people, the poor and the forgotten ones.

News, articles, events and media will be posted here. Follow us and stay tuned!

Photo Credit: Milton Rogovin, 1978. Photo © Dennis C. Enser, Buffalo News