MacArthur Genius-Grant Recipient Documents the Devastation in Flint

MacArthur Genius-Grant Recipient LaToya Ruby Frazier Documents the Devastation in Flint, MI Through the Personal Saga of Three Generations of Women in the September Issue of ELLE and in a Multimedia Digital Experience on ELLE.COM

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – August 08, 2016) – ELLE announces the debut of an original multimedia documentary project, “FLINT IS FAMILY.” The project is the culmination of an in-depth, five-month endeavor between ELLE and photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier — a 2015 MacArthur genius-grant recipient-and will be revealed for the first time in the September issue of the magazine and on today.

In FLINT IS FAMILY — her first published work since being named a MacArthur Fellow — Frazier evokes themes from her critically acclaimed book, The Notion of Family, as she makes collaborative photos with three generations of Flint women who both suffer and thrive amid the worst man-made environmental catastrophe in recent memory. In the September issue of ELLE, FLINT IS FAMILY appears as a ten-page photographic essay featuring black and white images, along with reporting by Mattie Kahn and captions by Frazier, to create a bold visual narrative. An extensive digital package including an expanded photographic portfolio, a short film by Frazier, and an in-depth story about a Flint woman and her family, along with a report on the origins of the water crisis, a look at what’s happening now, and an examination of what’s next for the city when FEMA’s emergency funding comes to an end on August 14, premieres on today.

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Source: ELLE
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PHOTO CREDIT: LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER, FROM THE SERIES “FLINT IS FAMILY,” 2016 PHOTO CAPTION: Denise and Rodney Clay, Shea’s aunt and uncle, watch President Obama take a sip of Flint water on television.