About this artwork

This photograph is quietly unsettling. The gentleman stares straight into the lens, whereas the woman on his right does not make eye contact and instead clasps her hands and bites her lip. It was taken by the American photographer Milton Rogovin whilst in Scotland completing part of his ‘The Family of Miners’ series. He took photographs of the miners at work and in social situations, creating interplay between their work/life balance. In this social setting the man is identifiable as a miner only by his hands and black, worn nails. Rogovin’s photographs lie in the tradition of American social documentary photography, and he approached the subjects with exacting realism.

Milton Rogovin

Milton Rogovin