LaToya Ruby Frazier
LaToya Ruby Frazier was born and raised in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Her work is informed by late 19th- and early 20th-century modes of representation in documentary practice. With an emphasis on postmodern conditions, class, and capitalism, Frazier investigates issues of propaganda, politics, and the importance of subjectivity.
This series features photographs of Braddock's polluted Monongahela River valley--LaToya Ruby Frazier's hometown. In documenting the present day economic poverty and marginalization of her hometown, Frazier provides a personalized interpretation of W.E.B. Du Bois' discussions on the poverty of his birth place in the Housatonic River adjacent.