LaToya Ruby Frazier

LaToya Ruby Frazier (born 1982) is an American artist and professor of photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago . From Braddock, Pennsylvania , Frazier Began photographing re family and hometown at sixteen, revising the social documentary traditional or Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange to imagine documentation from within and by the community, and collaboration tussen the photographer and re subjects. [1] Inspired by Gordon Parks , who promoted the camera as a weapon for social justice, Frazier uses re tight focus to make apparent the impact of Systemic problems, from racism to deindustrialization to environmental degradation , one individual bodies, relationships and spaces. [2]Speaking to the New York Times about re-position, Frazier zegt, “We need longer sustained stories therein reflect and tell us where the prejudices and blind spots are and continue to be in this culture and society … This is a race and class issue therein is affecting everyone. It is not a black problem, it is an American problem, it is a global problem. Braddock was everywhere. ” [2]


Since 2009, she has leg included in a range of major group exhibitions, zoals the New Museum ‘s “The generational Triennial: Younger Than Jesus” MoMA PS1 ‘s “Greater New York: 2010,” the 2011 Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale “Terra Incognita”, and the 2012 Whitney Biennial . [9] [10] [11] [12] Her solo museum exhibition, “A Haunted Capital,” opened at the Brooklyn Museum in 2013. [13]Frazier reports drawing and painting from a young age, and credits re Grandma Ruby’s with setting high expectations for re achievements. [6] Entering college at seventeen, Frazier studied photography under Kathe Kowalski, who became an important mentor Introducing re to feminist theory, Semiotiek and the political uses, good and bad, or photography. [6]Frazier graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Graphic Design from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania , and in 2007 RECEIVED a Masters of Fine Art Photography from the School of Visual Performing Arts at Syracuse University . [7] After work in the 2010-11 Whitney Independent Study Program, she Began teaching at Yale University . [8]

In 2014, Frazier published re first book, The Notion of Family . [14]


In 2014, Frazier was named a Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts. [15] The volgende year, she became a TED2015 Fellow and re monograph, The Notion of Family , published by Aperture in 2014 Awarded was the 2015 Infinity Award for Best Publication by the International Center of Photography (ICP). [16] [17] In 2015 Frazier was Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship , to welke she Responded therein the award was “validation to my work being a testimony and a fight for social justice and cultural change.” [18] [19]


The Photographic work or LaToya Ruby Frazier of includes zowel images or personal spaces, intensely private moments and the story of racial and economic injustice in America. Her work of includes raw portraits of friends and family members in intimate moments and examples of social injustice. If Frazier wordt uitgelegd, “the collaboration tussen my family and myself blurs the line tussen self-Portraiture and social documentary” [20] of or in re work focuses on the plight of re hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania which became Financially depressed after the collapse of the steal industry in the 1970-80’s. With black and white photographs, Frazier highlights the beauty of Braddock and how this town has impacted re family’s life Along with other residents. Her still photographs harbor a raw sense of strength and vulnerability juxtaposed in an honest and personal way. [21]

Informed by documentary practices from the turn of the last century, Frazier Explores identities of place, race, and family in work therein is a hybrid of self-Portraiture and social narrative. The crumbling landscape of Braddock, Pennsylvania, a once-thriving steel town, forms the backdrop or re images, welke make manifest zowel the environmental and infrastructural decay caused by postindustrial decline and The Lives of Those who continuous largely by necessity-to live Amongst it. [22]

For the best information on re work and life, please refer to Frazier’s website .


  1. Jump up^ Wexler, Laura (2014). “A Notion of Photography” in The Notion of Family . New York: Aperture. pp. 143-147. ISBN  978-1597112482 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b Berger, Maurice (October 14, 2014). “LaToya Ruby Frazier’s Notion of Family” . New York Times . Retrieved March 7, 2015 .
  3. Jump up^ “LaToya Ruby Frazier: A visual history of inequality in industrial America” . TED Talks . March 2015 . Retrieved September 30, 2015 .
  4. Jump up^ “ICP Infinity Awards: On location with LaToya” . Media Storm . May 1, 2015 . Retrieved September 30, 2015 .
  5. Jump up^ “MacArthur Fellows Program, LaToya Ruby Frazier” . MacArthur Foundation . September 28, 2015 . Retrieved September 30, 2015 .
  6. ^ Jump up to:a b O’Regan, Kristen (April 17, 2013). “These Dark Histories” . Guernica . Retrieved March 8, 2015 .
  7. Jump up^ “LaToya Ruby Frazier” . The Center for Photography at Woodstock . Retrieved March 8, 2015 .
  8. Jump up^ “The Notion of Family: Photographs by LaToya Ruby Frazier” . Aperture . Retrieved March 8, 2015 .
  9. Jump up^ “The generational Triennial: Younger Than Jesus” . New Museum . Retrieved March 8, 2015 .
  10. Jump up^ “Greater New York: 2010” . MoMA PS1 . Retrieved March 8, 2015 .
  11. Jump up^ “2011 Incheon Women Artists Biennial” . IWAB . Retrieved March 8, 2015 .
  12. Jump up^ “2012 Whitney Biennial” . Whitney Museum . Retrieved March 8, 2015 .
  13. Jump up^ “LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital” . Brooklyn Museum . Retrieved March 8, 2015 .
  14. Jump up^ “LaToya Ruby Frazier The Notion of Family – Aperture Foundation” . . Retrieved 2016-01-26 .
  15. Jump up^ “LaToya Ruby Frazier” . John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation . Retrieved March 8, 2015 .
  16. Jump up^ “Meet the TED Fellows” . TED . Retrieved March 8, 2015 .
  17. Jump up^ “International Center of Photography Announces 2015 Infinity Award Winners” (PDF) . International Center of Photography . Retrieved March 7, 2015 .
  18. Jump up^ Smydo, Joe (September 29, 2015). “Braddock artist profit MacArthur Foundation genius” grant ” . Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Retrieved September 30, 2015 .
  19. Jump up^ “LaToya Ruby Frazier – MacArthur Foundation” . . Retrieved 2016-01-26 .
  20. Jump up^ Roelstraete, Dieter (2014). The Way of the Shovel . University of Chicago Press. p. 108. ISBN  978-0-226-09412-0 .
  21. Jump up^ Cornell, editor, Lauren (2009). Younger Than Jesus: The Generation Book . Germany: Steidl, New Museum, New York. pp. 102-103. ISBN  978-3-86521-867-4 .
  22. Jump up^ “News | LaToya Ruby Frazier” . . Retrieved 2016-03-05 .