Born by a River,
Watching the Change.
Great piece on LaToya Ruby Frazier in the NY Times Lens Blog about her ongoing work in her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania.
The project’s title was inspired by Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” an epochal civil-rights-era song in which the protagonist, “born by the river” in a time of rampant segregation and racism, imagines a better and more just world. Glimmers of optimism and self-possession shine through the gloom of Ms. Frazier’s pictures — from the splendor of her deceased grandmother’s doll collection to the determination on her young cousin’s face — rescuing her subjects from the visual stereotypes of black poverty.
Another great article on the project in Art Voices
Visit LaToya Ruby Frazier’s website to see more of her work.