LaToya Ruby Frazier on Gordon Parks’s “Red Jackson”

LaToya Ruby Frazier on The Artist Project, a 2015 video series produced by The Met (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) in which artists are given an opportunity to respond to their encyclopedic collection. LaToya comments on Red Jackson, 1948 by Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006).

“There’s tremendous beauty in people’s pain and their suffering.”
– LaToya Ruby Frazier

Courtesy of The Met – September 15, 2015

ICP Infinity Awards: On location with LaToya

In mini-docu style, editor and producer, Tim McLaughlin, connects his video footage with LaToya’s photographs by filming on location in Braddock, Pennsylvania. LaToya’s photographs are rooted in a sense of place, and McLaughlin felt the town was as much of a character in her work as her family.

LaToya Ruby Frazier ’s body of work “The Notion Of Family” examines the impact of the steel industry and health care system on the community of Braddock, PA. See the project at

TED Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier at TED2015

For the last 12 years, LaToya Ruby Frazier has photographed friends, neighbors and family in Braddock, Pennsylvania. But though the steel town has lately been hailed as a posterchild of “rustbelt revitalization,” Frazier’s pictures tell a different story, of the real impact of inequality and environmental toxicity.

“A visual history of inequality in industrial America” by LaToya Ruby Frazier – Courtesy of