By Cassie Sheppard
Loyola University Chicago is hosting The Picture Man: Photographs by Milton Rogovin, beginning with an opening reception Thursday evening at the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.
Having recently turned 100 years old, exhibition artist Milton Rogovin is considered one of the great social documentary photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. He focused his career on the working class, saying that “the rich have their own photographers. I have chosen to photograph the poor.” The Picture Man: Photographs by Milton Rogovin presents a unique opportunity to be inspired by the artist’s 50-year commitment to promoting justice through his photographs of working class people from around the world. His work celebrates the dignity and strength of individuals often marginalized by society as much as it raises awareness among the public of persistent social and economic inequalities.
“This survey of Rogovin’s career honors common people, including exploited miners in ten different nations, neglected Native Americans, Appalachians, storefront church congregations, and the working poor of his own hometown, Buffalo, New York ,where he photographed the same individuals and families over a 30-year period,” said James Jensen, associate professor in Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts. “Honored to present Rogovin’s work, the department chose this exhibition as a testament to the passion and commitment that always informs important art.”
Throughout his accomplished photographic career, Rogovin’s work has appeared in more than 160 journals, magazines, and other publications. He has participated in more than 30 group shows and 60 solo exhibitions, and has had 11 books published on his photography in addition to his own documentary film, The Rich Have Their Own Photographers. His photographs are in the permanent collections of more than two dozen prominent museums around the world, including the Biblotheque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
To celebrate the opening of The Picture Man: Photographs by Milton Rogovin, Loyola will host an opening reception on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free of cost, the event will include a viewing and discussion of Rogovin’s documentary film, The Rich Have Their Own Photographers, which will begin at 6 p.m. and be led by Professor Jensen.
No tickets or reservations are necessary for this exhibition, but please RSVP to Gallery@LUC.edu if you plan on attending the opening reception. Visit LUC.edu/dfpa for exhibition hours. Please call the box office at 773.508.3847 for more information.
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