Photo Series: Store Front Churches, 1958-1961

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Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_001]

About This Series

"I began my Store Front Churches series as a way of speaking out about problems in our society, through photography. I was encouraged to do this series by historian W.E.B. DuBois, who later wrote an introduction to this series." –Milton Rogovin

The Store Front Churches were on the East Side of Buffalo, New York. Included are photographs of preachers Mother Tokio and Mother Green. The music resonates with drums, horns, symbols, the washboard, tambourines, piano and more. Witness the laying on of hands and the trance. It was in this series where Milton learned to use the bare bulb flash as well as the integration of movement in his photographs.

Related Publications

Available through Syracuse Cultural Workers (SCW), "a peace and justice publisher" founded in 1982.

For curriculum and a folio download of the Store Front Churches series, as well as the 1962 Aperture article with an essay by W.E.B. DuBois, please visit the education page.




Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_001]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_002]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_004]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_005]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_006]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_007]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_008]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_009]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_010]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_011]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_012]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_013]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_018]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_019]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_021]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_022]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_023]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_024]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_026]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_060]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_067]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_070]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_071]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_073]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_075]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_078]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_084]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_094]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_101]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_106]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_109]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_115]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_126]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_142]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_144]
Store Front Churches, 1958-1961 [photo ID: sfc_147]