LaToya Ruby Frazier


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In her photographs, LaToya Ruby Frazier, artist and activist, combines intimate extracts of her relationships with her grandmother and mother with the history of the working-class industrial town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, where she was born and raised.

Between intimate photography and social documentary, she reports the decline of this once prosperous steel-producing town, where poverty, unemployment and health problems relating to pollution have largely devastated the local population.
Recently, the city was deprived of its community hospital, destroying even more jobs and making access to care difficult for residents of one of the most polluted regions in the United States. Ironically, in 2010, Braddock was the town chosen by the brand Levi?s as an emblematic city in which to create its advertising campaign focusing on the figure of "urban pioneers".

Although LaToya Ruby Frazier's work mainly consists of self-portraits and portraits of her grandmother and mother to whom she taught photographic techniques and she considers as a collaborator (Notion of Family ongoing series since 2002), she has also created a series of lithographs, Campaign for Braddock hospital (Save Our Community Hospital) gathered in a portfolio which reports the protests against the closing down and the destruction of the community hospital and criticizes the watered down use by Levi's of the city and its people.
This contested history is also brought to the forefront in The Grey Area series (2011), a one-year study and documentation of the demolition of Braddock Hospital by health care corporation (U.P.M.C.).

From the outset of her career, LaToya Ruby Frazier has moved freely between photography, video and performance. This way of exploring the image while conceiving different ways of getting her pictures allows her to escape the limits of documentary photography and to arrange other forms in order to transpose ordinary speech and ensure that other voices are heard.

LaToya Ruby Frazier was born in 1982; she lives and works between New Brunswick (NJ), Braddock (PA), and New York (NY).
Her work is now included in leading museum and foundation collections such as the MoMA, new York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Nasher Museum at Duke University, Durham NC; JP Morgan Chase Collection, New York ; Kadist Foundation, Paris; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Carnegie Museums, Pittsburgh; MCA, Chicago; MOCP Chicago; and the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris.

Selected press



This Land Is Your Land

June 2015

International Center of Photography

Interview with LaToya Ruby Frazier

April 2015


LaToya Ruby Frazier

October 2014

Art Forum

LaToya Ruby Frazier

October 2014

The Paris Review

LaToya Ruby Frazier

October 2014

The Crisis

"My Camera As A Weapon" : Art and Social Justice

April 2014

Lens The new York Times

Born by a River, Watching the Change

February 2014


The Elegantly Strong Triad: Defamiliarizing the Family in Works by LaToya Ruby Frazier and Henrik Ol

February 2014

The art newspaper

Are ethics better than pure aesthetics?

January 2014

L'Officiel Art

A travers le miroir : LaToya Ruby Frazier

September 2013

Guernica / a magazine of art & Politics

Kirsten O'Regan : These Dark Histories

April 2013


Review: LaToya Ruby Frazier's Still Hauntings

April 2013


LaToya Ruby Frazier: A tenant farm for the 21st Century

April 2013

The New York Times

The Flesh and the Asphalt, Both Weak

March 2013


LaToya Ruby Frazier - Fighting to save a family in a dying steel town

March 2013

Art in America

Haunted : Q&A with LaToya Ruby Frazier

March 2013

Blouin Art Info

LaToya Ruby Frazier

February 2013


LaToya Ruby Frazier

November 2012

Art press

LaToya Ruby Frazier

July 2012


A post-industrial Paradox

June 2012

Art in America

LaToya Ruby Frazier

May 2012

New York Times

LaToya Ruby Frazier, Nerves of Steel

February 2012



The Notion of Family

September 2014

Publisher : Aperture, New-York
Essays by Dennis C. Dickerson and Laura Wexler. Interview by Dawoud Bey
380 x 350 mm
156 pages, 100 duatone images and 32 four-color video stills

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ISBN 978-1-59711-248-2

LaToya Ruby Frazier WITNESS

July 2013
Publisher: Contemporary Arts Museum Huston

Texts by Dean Daderko
216 x 152 mm
36 pages

ISBN 978-1-933619-45-3

ISBN 978-1-933619-45-310 €

Whitney Biennial 2012

March 2012
Publisher: Whitney Museum of American Art

317 x 248 mm
320 pages

ISBN 978-0-300-18036-7