LaToya Ruby Frazier Makes Moving Pictures | ART21 “New York Close Up”

A Documentary Series on Art and Life in the City

Released February 10, 2012

In this video from New York Close Up, LaToya talks about her collaboration with her mother.

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From the video, some thoughts from LaToya:

People think that families struggling economically don’t add value to society.  It became about making a family album of images, day to day that defies what I see in the media….”

I was combating stereotypes of someone like my Mother and I who are often depicted in the media in the most dehumanizing was, as poor, worthless or on welfare. We found a way to deal with these types of problems on our own through photographing each other.  I realized it’s important to give the camera to my family and also become the subject of the work….

I’ve always been in the shadow of the steel mill.


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One thought on “LaToya Ruby Frazier Makes Moving Pictures | ART21 “New York Close Up”

  1. Hmm reading this she doesn’t see her images as depicting the brutality of poverty, although frankly they do, at least to me. They are posed and very self conscious. I’ll leave it to your judgement whether to post my comments.


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