Eyes on Main Street Inc

Milton Rogovin (1909–2011) was born in New York City. He studied optometry at Columbia University. The Great Depression was underway, and he was radicalized by the experiences he witnessed. A job offer as an optometrist brought Rogovin to Buffalo. In 1959, he was summoned before the House Un-American Activities Committee. His serious involvement in photography didn’t begin until the late 1950s with his Storefront Church series. Rogovin’s desire was to photograph those who are not the rich or glamorous; he photographed those he called the “Forgotten Ones.” His series include Working People, Family of Miners, Chile, Lower West Side, and the Yemeni and Native American communities. (Photo shot in Buffalo, NY, USA 1973. Photo sponsors: Chris and Nora Williford.)

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