US social and documentary photographer Milton Rogovin, who took up photography as a way to highlight social injustice, died on Tuesday aged 101, it has been announced.

The former Manhattan optometrist first picked up a camera to communicate his desire for a more equal society in 1958, later turning his lens on key issues of the day such as the plight of the miner and demise of the US steel industry in Buffalo where he lived.

?I was a product of the Great Depression and what I saw and experienced myself made me politically active,? he told the New York Times in 1994.

Rogovin?s work was widely published and his photographs are in held in collections worldwide.

A message posted on the home page of the photographer?s website reads: ?We are saddened by the loss of such a wonderful human being and photographer. Milton touched many people?s lives and documented an important piece of our history. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.?