Michael and Pam

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Object Details

Title:

Michael and Pam

Artist/Maker(s):

Milton Rogovin (American, 1909 - 2011)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

United States (Place created)

Date:

1973 - 1992

Medium:

Various, see extensions

Copyright:

© Milton Rogovin

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Milton Rogovin photographed inhabitants of the Lower West Side district of Buffalo, New York, over a period of twenty years. The elapsed time allows the viewer to witness the development of several families. Michael and Pam were first photographed on the street standing before a graffiti-marked wall. Defiant and proud in his Afro and turtleneck and protectively clutching Pam, Michael epitomizes the image of male bravado fashionable in the early 1970s. Eleven years later, both Michael and Pam had become sweetly domesticated, seen in a cozy interior with a babe in arms. The final image of the family shows a distinguished couple and their three children, surrounded by the accumulation of family photographs on the mantel and wall. Through the dramatic passage of time, Rogovin illustrated the stages of a complex family life.