Revisited Online: May 26, 2020 -- Ongoing
    Organized by Marja van der Loo, associate curator
    • A black and white photograph of 6 elderly men sit on a curb between an aged building and a sidewalk. They are all wearing button ups and slacks, and half of them are wearing glasses and newsie caps. They are engaged in two separate conversations.

      Untitled, from the series, "Lower West Side, Buffalo," 1973
      Gelatin silver print on paper, 8 x 10 inches
      Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jon Vein

      For more than four decades, Milton Rogovin (1901–2011) photographed those he referred to as “the forgotten ones”: the working class and the poor in Buffalo, New York, where he lived, and miners and steel mill workers. This exhibition presents thirty-eight photographs, gifted to the San José Museum of Art in 2011, from three series: “Lower West Side, Buffalo” (1972–84), “Working People” (1976–87), and “Family of Miners” (1988–89). Rogovin often grouped his images into diptychs and triptychs to produce compelling narratives of the people he photographed, believing in photography’s ability to be an agent of social change.   


      • Sponsored by Doris and Alan Burgess