Scottish Miners
© Milton Rogovin 1982 Courtesy the Rogovin Collection, LLC

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Scottish Miners 1982
  • Scottish Art
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. Rogovin photographed the men at work and at home, to give an idea of his subjects in society, beyond their function as workers. This photograph was taken in 1982 when Rogovin travelled to Scotland to document the miners at a time when the mining industry was depleting due to the developments in North Sea oil exploration. This man is captured outdoors in the bright sun which contrasts to the time he spends in the dark mine. The complex patterning within this photograph, alongside the contrasting light and shadow, makes the figure seem almost camouflaged against the worn wooden shed.

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Documentary photography

Photographs that are presented as a straightforward record of events, people and places.

Documentary photography


  • Acc. No. PGP 371.19
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 18.00 x 18.30 cm
  • Credit Gift 2006