Grandparents - Baptism Boy

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Grandparents - Baptism Boy


Milton Rogovin (American, 1909 - 2011)




United States (Place created)


1974 - 1992


Various, see extensions


© Milton Rogovin

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Once you've studied the pictures for a while, they begin to speak. The people in the pictures hold still . . . They tell you their life-stories.

In this sequence of images, Milton Rogovin depicts the development of a family, as the same boy grows from infancy to adulthood. First, proud grandparents hold the infant on the day of his baptism in 1974. Then, at eleven years old, the boy is shown in a suit and tie beside his grandmother. The boy's grandfather is not included in this image, which immediately provokes questions as to his whereabouts. The likely cause of his absence can only be his death. Finally, the boy is shown as a strong young man of eighteen, towering over his small grandmother who leans on a dresser for support.

Rogovin has spent two decades photographing families in his neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. As a member of the community, he is trusted to represent faithfully and sensitively the lives of his subjects. His portraits are consistently presented as sets of three pictures showing the changes that families undergo over time.

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Depicting Motherhood in Family Stories

Lesson plan examining the roles of mothers and grandmothers. Students make a photo triptych about multi-generational families.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts


Two-Part Lesson