Latoya Ruby Frazier
Artist, Photographer, Human Rights Activist
LaToya Ruby Frazier is a visual artist known for collaborative storytelling with the people who appear in her photographs, videos, and texts. Her use of the photograph as a platform for social justice is rooted in her commitment to expose the violation of basic human rights and promote environmental justice, access to healthcare, education, employment, migration, immigration, and equity. Her photographs often become a source of empowerment that lead to creative solutions. She is a 2015 TED Fellow and MacArthur "Genius Grant Fellow."
Some of her work, featuring images of her mother and grandmother, was published in her first book, The Notion of Family, which received the International Center for Photography Infinity Award. She is also known for her work Flint Is Family, portraits of three generations of women surviving the man-made water crisis in Flint, Michigan; And From The Coaltips A Tree Will Rise, documenting coalminers' reflections on their memories of migration, immigration, work and labor in the coal mining village of Borinage, Belgium; and The Last Cruze, a photographic monument and memorial for the labor union United Auto Workers Local 1112 in Lordstown, Ohio. Frazier documented the unallocated status and closure of the General Motors Lordstown Complex in northeast Ohio and the impact on autoworkers, their families, and community.
In 2020, Frazier was named the inaugural recipient of the Gordon Parks Foundation/Steidl prize for artists whose practices reflect and extend Gordon Parks’s legacy of using photography as a tool to advance social justice; this award will culminate in the publication of a book with Steidl, anticipated in 2021.LaToya Ruby Frazier is an Associate Professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she currently lives and works. She is represented by Gavin Brown’s enterprise in New York and Rome.