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Untitled (Sisal worker, Yucatan) from the series Early Mexico, 1953-1961

© Milton Rogovin Estate, Center for Creative Photography

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Untitled (Sisal worker, Yucatan) from the series Early Mexico, 1953-1961

© Milton Rogovin Estate, Center for Creative Photography

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Milton Rogovin

American, 1909-2011

Untitled (Sisal worker, Yucatan) from the series Early Mexico, 1953-1961, 1955

gelatin silver print

sheet: 7 15/16 x 9 7/8 inches (20.16 x 25.08 cm); mat: 11 x 14 inches (27.94 x 35.56 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of the artist, 1978

P1978:1.5

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Provenance

the artist;
donated to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, April 17, 1978

Class

Photographs

Work Type

Gelatin silver print

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Milton Rogovin was born and raised in New York City, but he moved to Buffalo to open an optometry practice in 1938. He bought a camera in 1942 and became increasingly involved in Leftist causes, agitating on behalf of those he called “the forgotten ones,” the poorest citizens of Buffalo. In the 1950s, his optometry business was essentially destroyed after he was publicly labeled a Communist, and he turned increasingly to photography as the years passed, documenting the life of the working class in Buffalo. His sensitive portrayals are considered a form of social documentary photography; Rogovin gave a human face to the labors and struggles of workers. This image of a sisal worker in Mexico is just one of many Rogovin took on his international travels. “All my life I’ve focused on the poor,” Rogovin said in 2003. “The rich ones have their own photographers.” His first major exhibition was held at the Albright-Knox in 1985.

Label from Overtime: The Art of Work, March 8–May 17, 2015

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