LaToya Ruby Frazier, American Witness

A marriage of art and activism, the artist’s searing photographs reveal the human toll of economic injustice.

This fall, Frazier will publish “Flint Is Family in Three Acts,” a record of her five-year collaboration with people affected by the ongoing contaminated-water crisis in Flint, Mich. “The Last Cruze,” a formidable and moving volume of portraits and interviews with the autoworkers, was released in December. “If you take the work seriously, it changes how you see people,” said the artist Doug DuBois, another friend and mentor, who taught Frazier at Syracuse University. Her work has the power to propel viewers “from empathy to activism,” he said. “If you get it, you’re going to get angry.”

11 Photographers on How To Finish a Body of Work

When should you bring a photographic project to an end? LaToya Ruby Frazier, Justine Kurland, Alec Soth, and more reflect on how to know when a series of work is complete.

Over the course of her career, curator and lecturer Sasha Wolf has heard countless young photographers say they often feel adrift in their own practices, wondering if they are doing it the “right” way. This inspired her to seek out insights from a wide range of photographers about their approaches to making photographs and a sustained a body of work, which are brought together in PhotoWork: Forty Photographers on Process and Practice. Structured as a Proust-like questionnaire, the responses from both established and newly emerging photographers reveal that there is no single path. Below, eleven artists respond to the question: How do you know when a body of work is finished?

The Living Artist

In spaces intimate and public, LaToya Ruby Frazier reveals ongoing life in the steelworking ‘‘ghost town’’ of Braddock, Pa.

Until LaToya Ruby Frazier got hold of a disposable camera in high school, her great passion was drawing and water color. In the shadow of the Edgar Thomson Steelworks, Frazier began to take photographs

LaToya Ruby Frazier Awarded United States Artists Fellowship | PDNPulse

2012 PDN’s 30 selection LaToya Ruby Frazier is among the 34 people named United States Artists fellows for 2014. The unrestricted award is worth $50,000.

"If she [Branham] had bothered to discuss it with me, she would have known," du Cille said. "But they're just not going to take the direct word of the CDC and the director, and 21 days of monitoring means nothing to them because they're just being alarmed."

LightBox | Time

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LightBox presents a special preview of the season’s best photography books, featuring new titles from legendary photographers Stephen Shore and Bruce Davidson, as well as inspired work by contemporary photographers Michael Light, Julie Blackmon and LaToya Ruby Frazier.

LOOK3 2011: A Defining Moment for LaToya Ruby Frazier | PDNPulse

At this year’s LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA, artist LaToya Ruby Frazier made her intentions as an artist and activist clear in a powerful presentation of her work that combined diaristic snippets about her relationships with her

At this year’s LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA, artist LaToya Ruby Frazier made her intentions as an artist and activist clear in a powerful presentation of her work that combined diaristic snippets about her relationships with her grandmother and mother with stories about the community of Braddock, PA, where she was raised.