Grandma Ruby and Me
LaToya Ruby Frazier
My grandmother braided my hair as she did when I was a child, with pigtails, barrettes, and ribbons. It was her way of adorning me as her champion porcelain doll. This image captures a rare moment where she wanted to make a portrait of me with her and her dolls. I set up one light and ran a cable release behind my back. There was nobody present but Grandma Ruby and me. We both quietly sat up and looked over our shoulders into the lens. I pressed the cable release, and the shutter clicked for nearly one second.
—LaToya Ruby Frazier
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Gelatin silver photograph
mount: 24 x 28 in. (61 x 71.1 cm)
sheet: 15 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (39.4 x 47 cm)
frame: 24 5/8 x 28 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (62.5 x 72.7 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
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Emily Winthrop Miles Fund
©LaToya Ruby Frazier
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LaToya Ruby Frazier (American, born 1982). Grandma Ruby and Me, 2005. Gelatin silver photograph, mount: 24 x 28 in. (61 x 71.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 2011.63.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of the artist, CUR.2011.63.1_artist_photograph.jpg)
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