LaToya Ruby Frazier
b. 1982 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
For the past seven years, LaToya Ruby Frazier has photographed her family, with a particular focus on her relationship with her mother. The resulting photos and video works invert the givens of concerned photojournalism by representing family struggles from the inside out. In keeping with her role as a decidedly non-objective observer, Frazier often turns the camera on herself, exposing her place in the life of her family. In these images she reveals herself not just as a self-aware documentarian, but also as a daughter, a friend, and an artist. Though her focus is specific, her work examines the role that family dynamics play both on a personal level and in society at large.