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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Vivian Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. Vivian regularly shares human-centered stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2021, they will begin production on a BIPOC metaphysical comedy film entitled RECKLESS SPIRITS. They are passionate about cultural spaces, sustainable practices, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. YEAH!

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11 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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