LaToya Ruby Frazier
American, born 1982
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Great Journeys: The Magnum Square Print Sale In Partnership With Aperture,
Magnum Photos
MCA Chicago
Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups,
Carnegie Museum of Art

LaToya Ruby Frazier pays homage to her great predecessors—documentary photographers of the late 19th century, such as Jacob Riis Lewis Hine, with whom she shares a desire to comment on social, political, and economic conditions. For Frazier, this means using her camera (most often large-format) to capture her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania, and the economic crisis that has ensued since the collapse of its steel industry in the 1970s. Her images portray her family and community, and raise issues of class, race, health care, and environmental ruin. In a criticism of a Levi’s campaign that took place in Braddock, Frazier repurposed propagandized slogans depicting a land of opportunity with harrowing images of the true conditions.