Photographic Portraits of Anne and Milton

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Milton as a young boy, c. 1913

Anne and Milton Rogovin


These photos represent a small portion of the archive of images taken of Milton and Anne Rogovin documenting their shared life together.


Milton Rogovin was born in New York City in 1909. He graduated from Columbia University in 1931 with a degree in optometry and a deep concern for the rights of the worker. He moved to Buffalo in 1938, where he established his own optometric practice in 1939. He married Anne Snetsky in 1942. That same year, he purchased his first camera, and was inducted into the U.S. Army, where he served in England as an optometrist until 1945. Upon his discharge, he returned to his optometric practice and his growing family. By 1947, the Rogovins had two daughters, Ellen and Paula, and a son, Mark.


Anne Snetsky, was born August 4, 1918, and grew up on the East Side of Buffalo, NY. Her parents, Rose and Chaim, immigrated from the Ukraine. Anne had 4 siblings: Sally, Silvia, Ella, Jacob, and Harold. She attended Hutchinson Central High School, and received both a bachelor's degree and master’s degree with honors in Special Education from Buffalo State College.


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Milton as a young boy, c. 1913
Anne Snetsky and her father. Buffalo, NY, c. 1930's
1931, Milton after graduating from Columbia University.
"Consumers Eyesight Service", metal plate for ad, c. 1930's
Optometrist sign for Milton Rogovin's office.
Anne at Consumers Eyesight Service, c. 1940's.
Photo by Milton Rogovin
Anne, c. 1930's. Photo by Milton Rogovin
Anne, c. 1940's Photo by Milton Rogovin
Anne and Milton, Indianapolis, IN. c. 1943
Milton, c. 1939
January 1944. Milton at Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
Milton's dogtags, c. 1943
Milton, c. 1940's
Anne at Allegheny State Park. Photo by Milton Rogovin
Milton at Allegheny State Park. Photo by Anne Rogovin
Contact sheet: Anne at Niagara Falls. Photo by Milton Rogovin
Contact sheet detail: Anne at Niagara Falls. Photo by Milton Rogovin
Contact sheet detail: Anne at Niagara Falls. Photo by Milton Rogovin
Contact sheet detail: Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls. Photo by Milton Rogovin
Contact sheet detail: Anne at Niagara Falls. Photo by Milton Rogovin
Contact sheet detail: Anne at Niagara Falls. Photo by Milton Rogovin
Anne. Photo by Milton Rogovin
Portrait of Anne, 1978. Photo © Jim Kalett
Portrait of Milton, 1960. Photo © Frederic Marschall
Milton Rogovin, 1978. Photo © Dennis C. Enser, Buffalo News
Milton at work in the darkroom, Photo © Diane Bush, c.1982
Anne, Jose and Milton in Buffalo’s Lower West Side, 1986
Anne and Milton in their living room, Buffalo, NY, 2001.
Photo © Harvey Wang
Milton, Photo by Fred Conrad, NY Times, 2009
Milton at Women in Black Weekly Anti-War Vigil. Fall, 2005.
Photo by Paula Rogovin
Milton's 100th birthday cake with 100 flowers! Photo by Michelle Melin-Rogovin
"Happy Birthday" letter to Milton from President Barack Obama
Milton celebrates his 100th birthday with family and friends. December 30th, 2009. Photo by Gene Witkowski
Milton and guests at the opening reception for A Yemeni Community. April 23, 2010. Photo by Gene Witkowski
June 4, 2010 - The Center for Study of Working Class Life honored Milton Rogovin with its Award for Lifetime Contributions to Social Justice for Working People.
Milton. Photograph by Robert Kalman, 2010
Milton. Photograph by Robert Kalman, 2010
Milton with daughter Ellen. Photograph by Robert Kalman, 2010