Well, I blew this. Last summer or fall I was going to do a post about Milton Rogovin, the social documentary portraitist from Buffalo, New York. But then I thought, wait a minute, he turns 100 on December 30th—why not wait until then? So I wrote myself a little note to help me remember the significance of the 30th of December.
And then I missed it.
Well, Happy Birthday Milton R., a little late.
Milton was the subject of the film "The Rich Have Their Own Photographers," which was recently shown on PBS. (As far as I know, not available on DVD—please let me know if you know otherwise.) He has published numerous books, many of which are still in print; if you're new to his work, you might want to start with The Forgotten Ones. There's a small selection of Milton's recurring portraiture—he photographed a number of his subjects at different points in time—at Alec Soth's Archived Blog. (Do read the captions.)
All pretty cool for one of the youngest and newest centenarians.
Isn't that a wonderful portrait at the top of the page, by Diane Bush? I managed to find her, and I'm buying a small print of it for my now-growing collection. My kind of picture.
Some day I might even run across that note I wrote to myself last summer. Maybe in time to wish Milton Happy 102nd or 103rd.
(Thanks to Louis McCullagh)