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 vibrant photograph has captured the happiness as the two figures dance. In documenting the workers in their social milieu Rogovin highlights how their sanity was maintained by the balance between their work and home life. It also highlights a moment of pleasure at a time when the mines in Scotland were beginning to close due to the developments in North Sea oil production.

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Documentary photography

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

Documentary photography


  • Acc. No. PGP 371.5
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 17.60 x 17.70 cm
  • Credit Gift 2006