Milton ROGOVIN, Not titled (Two Mexican miners) - 3-3 Enlarge 1 /1


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

Dimensions: image 18.0 h x 17.6 w cm sheet 25.2 h x 20.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of David Knaus, California, 2010
Accession No: NGA 2010.1239
Image rights: Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona Foundation
  • David Knaus, Palm Springs, California
  • Milton Rogovin

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