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Milton Rogovin
(New York, New York, 1909 - 2011, Buffalo, New York)

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Born in 1909 in Brooklyn, New York, Milton Rogovin graduated from Columbia University in 1931 with a degree in optometry.  Rogovin worked as an optometrist for more than two decades before seriously practicing photography in 1958.  He earned a M.A. in American Studies from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in 1972, where he taught documentary photography until 1974.  In 1975, Rogovin had his first major exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo.  His work is represented in the collections of many prominent museums including the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  In 1999, The Library of Congress (LOC) acquired Rogovin’s archive of 1,300 prints, negatives, and contact sheets.  Later in 2009, the LOC acquired an additional 20,000 pieces, which included Rogovin’s correspondences along with 200 photographs taken during World War II.  The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) in Tucson, Arizona is a research facility and archival repository that features the complete archives of over fifty photographers including Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, and Edward Weston.  In 2005, the CCP accepted Rogovin’s master collection of 3,500 photographs and later named a research fellowship in his honor.  Rogovin died in 2011 in Buffalo at the age of one hundred and one. (SJMA Collections Committee, 2011)

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