Published by Steidl/The Gordon Parks Foundation. Edited with text by Michal Raz-Russo. Text by LaToya Ruby Frazier, Community Members of Flint, Leigh Raiford, Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr.
LaToya Ruby Frazier’s Flint Is Family in Three Acts chronicles the ongoing manmade water crisis in Flint, Michigan, from the perspective of those who live and fight for their right to access free, clean water. Featuring photographs, texts, poems and interviews made in collaboration with Flint’s residents, this five-year body of work, begun in 2016, serves as an intervention and alternative to mass media accounts of this political, economic and racial injustice. In 2014, as a cost-cutting measure, the Flint City Council switched the town’s water supply from a Detroit treatment facility to the industrial-waste-filled Flint River. Forced to use water contaminated with lead at 27 times the government’s maximum threshold, Flint’s citizens—predominantly Black and overwhelmingly poor—fell ill almost immediately and many battle chronic medical conditions as a result. Frazier first traveled to Flint in 2016, as part of a magazine commission to create a photo essay about the water crisis. During that trip she met Shea Cobb, a Flint poet, activist and mother who became Frazier’s collaborator. Divided into three acts, the book follows Cobb as she fights for her family’s and community’s health and well-being. Act I introduces Cobb, her family and their community. Act II follows Cobb and her daughter Zion to Newton, Mississippi, where they move in with Cobb’s father, Douglas R. Smiley, and learn to take care of family-owned land and horses. Act III documents the arrival of an atmospheric water generator to Flint that Frazier, Cobb and her best friend, Amber Hasan, helped set up and operate in their neighborhood. Spurred by the lack of mass-media interest in this ongoing crisis, Frazier’s approach ensures that the lives and voices of Flint’s residents are seen and heard. Flint Is Family in Three Acts is a 21st-century survey of the American landscape that reveals the persistent segregation and racism which haunts it. It is also a story of a community’s strength, pride and resilience in the face of a crisis that continues. LaToya Ruby Frazier was born in 1982 in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Her practice spans photography, video and performance, and centers on the nexus of social justice, cultural change and commentary on the American experience. Her first book, The Notion of Family (2014), received the International Center for Photography Infinity Award, and in 2015 she received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Frazier is an associate professor of photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and lives in Chicago.
Published by Mousse Publishing. Edited with text by Christophe Gallois. Text by LaToya Ruby Frazier, Claire Tenu, Elvan Zabunyan.
Frazier's (born 1982) portraits reflect both a political engagement with and a personal investment in her subject matter. This book presents her seminal series The Notion of a Family, in which she documents three generations of her own family in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, alongside two more recent projects: On the Making of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford (2017), made in close collaboration with artist and steelworker Sandra Gould Ford; and Et des terrils un arbre s'élèvera (2016–17), made with the people of Mons in Borinage, Belgium, once home to a coalmine.
Following a long tradition of photography as a tool for political activism, Frazier's intimate photographs provide insight into the daily lives of those most affected by the industries' decline.
Published by MAC'S Grand Hornu. Text by Denis Gielen, Joanna Leroy, Jean-Marc Prévost.
Photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier (born 1982) grew up in Braddock, PA, a borough in the American Rust Belt ravaged by the steel-industry crisis that hit the US during the Reagan administration. In this former bastion of the steel industry, the artist was raised in her Afro-American family, whose story she told in The Notion of Family. Her 2016 residency at Grand-Hornu allowed her to pursue her work on postindustrial society in Belgium, turning her camera to the Borinage, a mining region whose intense activity in the 19th century was diminished by a series of crises that led to the closure of the last mine in 1976. Testimonies gathered by Frazier from the former miners and their families have resulted in And from the Coaltips a Tree Will Rise, an extensive collection of portraits, landscapes and still lifes.
PUBLISHER MAC'S Grand Hornu
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 9.75 x 11 in. / 160 pgs / 6 color / 60 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 11/21/2017 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2018 p. 144
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9782930368702TRADE List Price: $45.00 CDN $60.00
Published by Aperture. Interview by Dawoud Bey. Text by Laura Wexler, Dennis C. Dickerson.
In this, her first book, LaToya Ruby Frazier (born 1982) offers an incisive exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America's small towns, as embodied by Braddock, Pennsylvania, Frazier's hometown. The work also considers the impact of that decline on the community and on her family, creating a statement both personal and truly political--an intervention in the histories and narratives of the region that are dominated by stories of Andrew Carnegie and Pittsburgh's industrial past, but largely ignore those of black families and the working classes. Frazier has set her story of three generations--her Grandma Ruby, her mother and herself--against larger questions of civic belonging and responsibility. The work also documents the demise of Braddock's only hospital, reinforcing the idea that the history of a place is frequently written on the body as well as the landscape. With The Notion of Family, Frazier knowingly acknowledges and expands upon the traditions of classic black-and-white documentary photography, enlisting the participation of her family, and her mother in particular. As Frazier says, her mother is "co-author, artist, photographer and subject. Our relationship primarily exists through a process of making images together. I see beauty in all her imperfections and abuse." Frazier's work reinforces the idea of image-making as a transformative act, a means of resetting traditional power dynamics and narratives, both those of her family and those of the community at large. Frazier is a 2014 Guggenheim fellow.
BOOK FORMAT Clth, 9.5 x 10.75 in. / 156 pgs / 32 color / 100 duotone.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 11/30/2014 No longer our product
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PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781597112482FLAT40 List Price: $60.00 CDN $70.00