Milton Rogovin

Scottish Miners

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About this artwork

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.

Updated before 2020

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Milton Rogovin

Milton Rogovin