LaToya Ruby Frazier calls for a new ‘photo league’ to draw attention to injustices
This article originally appeared on the UC Davis Arts Blog by Michelle Villagomez
In a remote event hosted recently by the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art and other sponsors, photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier — whose work features voices and perspectives traditionally erased from the American narrative — told her audience about the New York Photo League, who through their art, exposed the struggles of the American working class. She issued a call for action, too.
“I call right now, in this meeting, in this Zoom call, for a photo league,” she said, appearing to lock eyes with each of the more than 220 remote attendees. “We need a rise of a new age of a photo league.” She intimated that a 21st-century photo league would document the contemporary reality of daily life and help make the “invisible visible.”