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Friday, 05 March 2010


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So we can 'thank' Nixon for Milton becoming a photographer; otherwise he may have remained a small-town optometrist. His work is excellent - a social documentarian.

Just a question, if I put a book in my amazon wishlist through your link, like I just did with The Forgotten Ones, will you still get credit if and when I decide to order it? This is namely what I usually do, and then I order a couple of books at once when I feel I can afford it.

We only get credit if you go to Amazon from here when you actually make the order. And we do not get credit for items previously placed in your Wish List. Thanks for asking!


I saw Milton Rogovin's work back in the early 1970s, in Camera 35 magazine, I think. Jim Hughes may have been editor at that time. Anyway, his great images of people influenced me to this day. Thanks for reminding us about the work of a great man.

Sweet photo, great man and photographer! Didn't we all look so much younger in '82...

Mike, may I suggest Google Calendar to you? You need a Gmail address first, then you automatically have a calendar, to which you can add any and all events you want. But most importantly, you can add reminders to those events in the form of e-mails or window pop-ups, and you can schedule those reminders for whenever you see fit (5 mins, 6 hours, 2 days...before the date).

For better of for worse, I can't live without Google Calendar anymore.

Back on topic, I'm pleased you introduced me to The Forgotten Ones; a labour of love as much as Photography. In the link to Alec Soth's blog there is a post by Peter Feldstein (author of The Oxford Project) commenting on the differences and similarities between the the two; what a perfect bonus.

Slightly OT, but its been noted that a number of photographers seem to be unusually long-lived - Adams, Cartier-Bresson, Levitt, Rogevin, etc. I know the speculation behind it revolves around mental engagement and longevity, but I wonder if there's been anything more than anecdotal in terms of the statistical aberration here...

What an old master Milton Rogovin is! One of my favs. Up there with other documaentary photographers like Lewis Hine and Jacob Riis.

"a number of photographers seem to be unusually long-lived"

There's also a correlation between eyeglasses and photography. I'm from Buffalo. Milton was an optometrist; I started out as an optician.

Finally, a correlation with politics. The Buffalo News once called him the "city's #1 red." I was raised in my grandfather's house. He started out reading Der Tag, a Yiddish communist paper, and subscribed to The Forward, a Yiddish socialist paper, until he died. Rogovin and I are both secular, too.

The reason the photographers live longer is that they've been soaked in fixer.

That is indeed a fine portrait but it being "your sort of photograph" I can't then decide whether that marks your taste eclectic or esoteric.

I seem to remember that Ralph Eugene Meatyard was also a small-town optometrist. Any others?

I just saw some of Milton Rogovin's work at the Phoenix Art Museum. It was a great exhibit; he is such a great talent.

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