Milton Rogovin Turns 100!

In honor of photographer Milton Rogovin’s birthday, the Henry Art Gallery will have an exhibition of his work from December 10th, 2009 through April 25th, 2010. It’s certainly a long-lasting affair, but don’t forget to make your way over to the contemporary art museum to check out his photography. As an optometrist who shot photography as a hobby, Rogovin documented the plight of working class individuals with an open mind and heart.

Check out some slideshows over at New York Times!

As a man who was labeled by the government as a Communist, Rogovin said he became radicalized during the Great Depression, when his father, a dry-goods dealer, went bankrupt and died. It’s beautiful that he can turn a personal travesty into an artistic statement.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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14 years ago

I can’t believe Milton Rogovin is 100. I am new to his work, but fell in love with it even more after seeing it this week at an exhibit. I love photography more now and was inspired after seeing the Exposing Time exhibit in Phoenix, wow!

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