This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – the plight of the Rohingya with Anastasia Taylor-Lind in Bangladesh, Milton Rogovin’s The Forgotten Ones, plus the Australian Photobook Awards are now open for entries and get your photobook reviewed in Sydney.
What’s really happening to the Rohingya
Photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind is in Bangladesh working with Human Rights Watch right now covering the heartbreaking story of the Rohingya. I saw one of her photos last week, a portrait of a young woman, Hasina, who shared her horrific story. It made me cold with fury and sick from the inconceivable cruelty. I wanted to share this story with you, and a link to an Op Ed in the Washington Post – The Burmese military is committing crimes against humanity – penned by Human Rights Watch’s Peter Bouckaert. This is genocide and the world needs to know what is going on. Get the story out. Please share.
Hours later the soldiers took Hasina, her mother-in-law, sister-in-law and three other relatives, all children, to a nearby house. The soldiers tried to rape the women, knifing the mother-in-law to death when she resisted and beating Hasina and her sister-in-law unconscious. They beat the young children to death with spades.
Hasina insisted we take her picture and show her face to the world. For her, it is a brave act of defiance to those who sought to eliminate her and her family. Investigation by Peter N. Bouckaert and photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind for a Human Rights Watch.”
Milton Rogovin – The Forgotten Ones
In the course of researching for my PhD I come across various photographers who from time to time I will feature on Photojournalism Now. This week it’s the work of American photographer Milton Rogovin, who passed away in 2011 just after his 101st birthday.
Over four decades, from 1970 to 2000, Rogovin documented the Lower West Side of Buffalo, New York, the city’s poorest area where he took portraits of those doing it tough. In his book The Forgotten Ones, Rogovin said, “Maybe my photos will encourage people to pay attention to these forgotten ones. That’s essentially why I’m doing it: we should pay attention to them and respect them. And to this extent, we (he and his wife Anne pictured below) feel that our photographs are successful”.
Rogovin began his photography career in earnest at the age of 63. Prior to that he’d had a successful business as an optometrist, before he was accused of being a communist in the McCarthy era and called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1957. With his career as an optometrist in tatters, Rogovin picked up his camera and in 1958 he began photographing stories of social injustice. He earned a Master of Fine Arts and taught documentary photography at the University of Buffalo until 1974.
Throughout his photographic career he concentrated on the poor, believing that no one saw the “potential” he saw. Here are some of his images.