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Momme (Shadow), from Momme Portrait series

LaToya Ruby Frazier


In these photographs, LaToya Ruby Frazier’s intimate depictions of herself and her family simultaneously record the economic decline and social inequities that plague her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania, the site of industrialist Andrew Carnegie’s first steel mill. Referencing early-twentieth-century documentary photographers, who worked in black and white, the artist locates herself through familial connections in portraits with her mother and grandmother, the worn image of the smiling Huxtable family on her T-shirt, or the space of one’s childhood home. At the same time, Frazier’s images mark the passage of time by her and her family’s experiences with illness, a reality reminiscent of the heightened health risks faced by many people working and living in the Rust Belt.
MEDIUM Gelatin silver print
DATES 2008
DIMENSIONS sheet: 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (39.4 x 49.5 cm) frame: 24 5/8 x 28 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (62.5 x 72.7 x 3.8 cm) mount: 24 x 28 in. (61 x 71.1 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Emily Winthrop Miles Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION LaToya Ruby Frazier (American, born 1982). Momme (Shadow), from Momme Portrait series, 2008. Gelatin silver print, sheet: 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (39.4 x 49.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 2011.63.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of the artist, CUR.2011.63.2_artist_photograph.jpg)
EDITION Edition: 7/8
IMAGE overall, CUR.2011.63.2_artist_photograph.jpg. Image courtesy of the artist
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