Henry Art Gallery, Seattle – Milton Rogovin

Photographer Milton Rogovin turned 100 years old in the winter of 2009, and to commemorate his life’s work as a social documentarian the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle presents a selection of his arresting black-and-white photographs. The exhibit rune from December 10, 2009 to April 25, 2010.

With the perspective gained in seeing a century of social change, justice and injustice, the retrospective of this Milton Rogovin exhibition is a priceless gem of American photography.

Over the decades, Rogovin has engaged a variety of people – factory workers, miners, citizens of Cuba and Zimbabwe, and also the poor of Buffalo, NY. All of this experience is filtered through his perspective and thrust of political action, a devotion to social justice and an abiding sympathy for his fellow human beings.

In his spare time Rogovin, who is an optometrist by occupation (working on Buffalo’s Lower West Side), photographed his neighborhood with the assistance of his wife Anne.

Then, in 1978 Rogovin fully dedicated himself to photographing the economic plight of the working class, whom he calls the “forgotten ones”. He exercised authorial reticence because he wanted the facts of a situation to take precedence over his opinions. His photos are powerful and often haunting and questioning us as the viewer.

With the permission of his subjects, Rogovin captured men and women at work, often in the harsh environment of a factory or mine, and then also at home.

These pairings, presented in the exhibition as diptychs, pay close attention to the conditions in which individuals live and work. The photographs are at once stark and intimate. They are penetrating representations of these people’s lives. His talent is offering insight into the blue collar experience of single mothers, minorities, and the elderly — people who we need to know better, in order to be aware of their dignity and plight. Go see the exhibition and go to the Henry whenever you’re in Seattle.

Now, some information about the Henry. Still photography is allowed at the Henry Art Gallery only when images are being made for personal, non-commercial use.

In certain instances, the Henry Art Gallery will post “No Photography” notices.
• Flash photography is not allowed
• Tripods may not be used
• Video cameras may not be used without prior permission

Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington
15th Ave NE and NE 41st, Seattle, WA 98195
(206)543-2280 phone

11:00-9:00 Thursday, Friday
11:00-4:00 Saturday, Sunday
Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
The café is open Tuesday-Sunday.
The Henry is closed for Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

$10: General
$6: Seniors (62+)
Free: Henry members; UW students, faculty, and staff with ID; High school & college students with ID; Children 13 years and under, first Thursdays – open free to all

Parking / Bus:
Parking for cars is occasionally available in the underground Visitor’s Parking Garage. The entrance is just north of the museum.
Cars with three or more passengers receive reduced rates.

The museum may also be reached by numerous Metro and Community Transit bus lines.
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Special Needs and Accessibility:
The museum is accessible to all visitors. Please notify the staff of any special needs or concerns when scheduling a tour.

Accessible Parking:
Wheelchair visitor parking is available in the underground Central Parking garage with elevator access to the public plaza at the Henry’s main entrance.

For additional disability parking information call 206.543.2281, or contact the UW Office of the ADA Coordinator, at least ten days in advance of an event. 206.543.6450 (voice); 206.543.6452 (TTD); 206.685.3885 (fax); access@u.washington.edu(E-mail).

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