Taken over a period of approximately twenty years, the photographs in this exhibition are part of a series entitled, Triptychs. These twenty-seven photographs, presented in groups of three, depict working class families living in a six-block area of Buffalo, New York's Lower West Side. The families were photographed during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. These images speak about the importance of family, continuity, and the impact of the passage of time. Without sentimentality or romanticizing, the portraits capture the dignity of these individuals and tell their stories of humor, warmth, vitality, and mortality.
Triptychs is one of many photographic series that Rogovin created to document economically poor urban and rural families in America and around the world. The images are considered to be a major contribution to the tradition of American documentary photography. Other photographic series by Rogovin are entitled, Store Front Churches, Family of Miners, Chile, Lower West Side, and Working People.