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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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MEDIUM Gelatin silver photograph
DATES 2005
DIMENSIONS 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) mount: 24 x 28 in. (61 x 71.1 cm)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
EDITION Edition: AP1
CREDIT LINE Emily Winthrop Miles Fund
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