LaToya Ruby Frazier (born 1982) explores her family’s inter-generational lineage through photographs and videos that blur the line between self-portraiture and social documentary. By appearing on both sides of the camera and engaging her mother as a co-creator of her images, Frazier effectively turns the traditional relationship between camera, subject, and author on its head. Shot in her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania, Frazier’s images capture the effects of the spectacular decline of this former steel mill town. Though her focus is specific, her work examines the role that family dynamics play both on a personal level and in society at large.
Her work has been included in the exhibitions Commercial Break, Garage Projects, 54th Venice Biennale (2011); the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial, The Andy Warhol Museum; VideoStudio: Changing Same, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2011); Greater New York, MoMA/PS1, New York (2010); and Generational: Younger Than Jesus, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2009). She is the Associate Curator for the Mason Gross Galleries and teaches photography in the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. She earned a BFA from Edinboro University, an MFA from Syracuse University, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.