Black People : Photographer-LaToya-Ruby-Frazier-Wins-625k-MacArthur-Genius-Grant

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    Photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier has won a 2015 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" of $625,000, the foundation announced early this morning. Frazier was the only photographer among 24 artists and scientists selected as MacArthur Fellows this year.

    Frazier said in a video released by the MacArthur Foundation that she was "overjoyed" because the grant gives her the opportunity "to continue to make meaningful work and to have a purposeful life."

    The grants are awarded annually with no strings attached to "talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits," according to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Julia Stasch, president of the foundation, said in a prepared statement that this year's fellows "are shedding light and making progress on critical issues, pushing the boundaries of their fields, and improving our world in imaginative, unexpected ways.”

    Frazier, who is 33 and an assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has explored issues of race, class, environment and community health by documenting her family against a backdrop of deindustrialization and economic decline in Braddock, Pennsylvania.

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