This year’s group of selected MacArthur Fellows includes a diverse group of individuals, all excelling in their respective disciplines.br>
Among those selected are photographer and video artist LaToya Ruby Frazier, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, and education entrepreneur Patrick Awuah. Fellows receive a $625,000 stipend, provided over the course of five years.
Frazier, one of the youngest recipients, is a 32-year-old photographer and video artist, who lives and works in Braddock, Pennsylvania. She has been working with the medium of photography since she was a teenager. Frazier employs the images that she creates to craft an autobiographical narrative that explores race, class, and gender.
Frazier, who holds a B.F.A. (2004) from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an M.F.A. (2007) from Syracuse University, has also been an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Culture Council and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Frazier published her first book, The Notion of Family, in 2014. The book includes a series of stark portraits featuring the artist herself, as well as her mother and grandmother.
Earlier this year, Frazier was named a TED Fellow, and also received the ICP Infinity Award from The International Center of Photography.