Rogovin photographed the miners of Appalachia for twenty years from the 1960s. In the 1980s he received the W. Eugene Smith Award to extend his work to Europe, Asia, South Africa, China, Mexico and Cuba. His photographs lie in the tradition of American social documentary photography and Rogovin approached the subjects with exacting realism. The artist stated: ?As a rule I have no preconceived ideas as to what kind of face or pose I?m looking for. When the stance, the dress of the worker, or the objects surrounding this person seem to me to be `just right?, then I will ask to take a picture.?