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Milton Rogovin dies at the age of 101

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Milton Rogovin and daughter Paula Rogovin

By WBFO Newsrooom


Buffalo, NY – World renowned social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin died early Tuesday morning in his Buffalo home.

Rogovin turned 101 years old in December. The internationally known photographer dedicated his life and career to photographing the poor and those he called the forgotten ones.

WBFO's Joyce Kryszak talked with Rogovin and his family at the end of 2009 for Milton's 100th birthday. In that interview Rogovin read from one of the poems he wrote to accompany the photos.

According to reports, Rogovin was under Hospice care at his Chatham Street home after suffering a mild heart attack.

Rogovin worked closely with his wife Ann who passed away several years ago.

You can listen to Joyce's December 2009 interview with Milton Rogovin by clicking on the audio above.

Two Buffalo Common Council members are preparing a resolution in honor of famous Buffalo artist

Niagara District lawmaker David A. Rivera and Michael LoCurto of the Delaware District are working on the resolution for the late Rogovin.

Rivera, who met with Rogovin last year, called the photographer's death a "true loss for our City, and for the many people whose lives he touched." Rivera noted that all of his colleagues on the Common Council would have an opportunity to co-sponsor the resolution.

The resolution in honor of Rogovin will include a list of the photographer's accomplishments and personal story, as well as a call for the establishment of "Milton Rogovin Day."

"I'm honored to recognize the work of Milton Rogovin. He shined a light on ordinary working people, and in doing so made their lives and labor more dignified," said LoCurto.