SIlver Gelatin Print
6 ½ x 5 ¾ inches
Storefront Churches Series
Courtesy of the Milton Rogovin Collection
BIO: Milton Rogovin (1909-2011) photographed in steel mills and mines, in Buffalo’s Lower West Side, in Appalachia, Chile, Cuba, Scotland, Zimbabwe, and more. Major collections of his photography are in the Getty Museum, the Center for Creative Photography, and the Library of Congress. Because two-thirds of all Rogovin’s images were made of the Buffalo area, his family has placed close to 1,000 of his photographs at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. In 2006, a documentary film debuted, along with an international traveling exhibition. An accompanying catalogue is entitled Milton Rogovin: The Making of a Social Documentary Photographer. In 2009, Milton Rogovin: The Lens and the Pen, Rogovin’s Poetry was shown for the first time alongside his photographs. www.miltonrogovin.com
STATEMENT: Milton Rogovin explained, “I began my Store Front Churches series as a way of speaking out about problems in our society, through photography. I was encouraged to do this series by historian W.E.B. DuBois, who later wrote an introduction to this series.” The Store Front Churches were on the East Side of Buffalo, New York. Included are photographs of preachers Mother Tokio and Mother Green. The music resonates with drums, horns, symbols, the washboard, tambourines, piano and more. Witness the laying on of hands and the trance. It was in this series where Milton learned to use the bare bulb flash as well as the integration of movement in his photographs.