United States of America 1909 – 2011
Not titled (Two Mexican miners) - 3-3
1978 Description: originally part of a diptych
Collection Title: Family of miners series
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
In the late 1950s Rogovin switched from a career in optometry to one in social documentary photography, not wanting to be ‘indifferent to the problems of the people, especially the poor, the forgotten ones’. He often photographed people at work and at home, with his subjects determining how they wished to be portrayed. They are presented simply – at eye level, centred, captured in sharp focus. In this way he seeks to eliminate psychological distance. Rogovin’s photographs resonate with a profoundly held desire to reveal each person’s innate dignity.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra