Explore The Life and Works of Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Special Issue from The Atlantic

Special Issue from The Atlantic

Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., The Atlantic commemorates his life and work—and reflects on the reality of today’s America through the prism of his vision.

The Atlantic’s new special issue takes the reader from King’s development as a young activist to the building of his campaign against what he called the “three major evils” of society: racism, poverty, and militarism.

The issue also juxtaposes speeches by King with original essays about the influence of his legacy and the unsteady progress toward his goals, covering terrain from pop culture to education to incarceration and activism.

Contributors include:

Dr. King’s youngest child, Bernice King, who wrote the issue’s introduction
Jesse Williams and John Legend on the intersection between art and activism
MacArthur fellows Matt Desmond, Jesmyn Ward, and LaToya Ruby Frazier
Representative John Lewis, who marched with King in Selma
Historian Jeanne Theoharis on Coretta Scott King and the hidden women of the movement
Voices from The Atlantic’s archives, including Stokely Carmichael, Jonathan Kozol, and Archibald MacLeish

Available for purchase from The Atlantic

And From The Coaltips A Tree Will Rise

New catalogue of work by LaToya Ruby Frazier.

A 2016 residency at MAC’s Grand-Hornu (Museum of Contemporary Arts) allowed LaToya to pursue work on a post-industrial society in Belgium. Her focus was 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.

Available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Artbook | D.A.P.

aToya Ruby Frazier: And from the Coaltips a Tree Will Rise

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: MAC’S Grand Hornu (Museum of Contemporary Arts, Belgium)
Date: September 26, 2017
Language: English
ISBN-10: 2930368705
ISBN-13: 978-2930368702

Aperture releases “The Notion Of Family” in paperback

The Notion of Family paperback

The Notion Of Family
Photographs by LaToya Ruby Frazier
Interview by Dawoud Bey Essays by Laura Wexler and Dennis C. Dickerson

Now available in a paperback edition, LaToya Ruby Frazier’s award-winning first book, The Notion Of Family, offers an incisive exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America’s small towns, as embodied by her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. 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.

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Flint Is Family

“When President Obama took a sip of Flint’s water in early may, many assumed the city’s two-year crisis was over. But photographer and MacArthur Fellowship recipient LaToya Ruby Frazier has a different story to tell. Frazier spent five months with three generations of Flint women who both suffer and insistently thrive amid the worst man-made environmental catastrophe in recent national memory.”

– Mattie Kahn, Elle.com

Five-part story on Elle.com with photographs and a short film by LaToya Ruby Frazier.

LOST AND FOUND

A Pilgrimage to the Desert Shrine of Noah Purifoy
As told to LaToya Ruby Frazier Oct. 26, 2016

“A few years ago, I saw something by the assemblage artist Noah Purifoy that startled me. One of the “Watts Uprising” pieces at P.S. 1 in Queens, made of debris found after the Watts riots, was so similar to the way my friend, the installation artist Abigail DeVille, works. She and Purifoy both collect discarded materials. In Abigail’s case, it’s to show how people are positioned in society; for Purifoy it was social commentary.” Read more…

– LaToya Ruby Frazier for The New York Times

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Aperture 223 Vision & Justice

Aperture: The Magazine of Photography and Ideas

“Vision & Justice”
Addresses the role of photography in the African American experience, guest edited by Sarah Lewis, distinguished author and art historian.

This issue features two covers:
Richard Avedon, Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader, with his father, Martin Luther King, Baptist minister, and his son, Martin Luther King III, Atlanta, Georgia, March 22, 1963 and Awol Erizku, Untitled (Forces of Nature #1), 2014

2 x 9 1/4 inches
152 pages
978-1-59711-365-6 (Avedon)
978-1-59711-410-3 (Erizku)

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