MacArthur Genius-Grant Recipient LaToya Ruby Frazier Documents the Devastation in Flint, MI Through the Personal Saga of Three Generations of Women in the September Issue of ELLE and in a Multimedia Digital Experience on ‪ELLE.COM

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - August 08, 2016) - ELLE announces the debut of an original multimedia documentary project, "FLINT IS FAMILY." The project is the culmination of an in-depth, five-month endeavor between ELLE and photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier -- a 2015 MacArthur genius-grant recipient-and will be revealed for the first time in the September issue of the magazine and on ‪ today.

In FLINT IS FAMILY -- her first published work since being named a MacArthur Fellow -- Frazier evokes themes from her critically acclaimed book, The Notion of Family, as she makes collaborative photos with three generations of Flint women who both suffer and thrive amid the worst man-made environmental catastrophe in recent memory. In the September issue of ELLE, FLINT IS FAMILY appears as a ten-page photographic essay featuring black and white images, along with reporting by Mattie Kahn and captions by Frazier, to create a bold visual narrative. An extensive digital package including an expanded photographic portfolio, a short film by Frazier, and an in-depth story about a Flint woman and her family, along with a report on the origins of the water crisis, a look at what's happening now, and an examination of what's next for the city when FEMA's emergency funding comes to an end on August 14, premieres on ‪ today.

"This project, an important and impactful collaboration between the website and the magazine, is a creative expression of ELLE's dedication to bringing women's stories, and the work of women artists, to light," said ELLE editor-in-chief Robbie Myers.

"After admiring The Notion of Family, it was clear to us that there was no one more suited than LaToya to tell the story of what is happening in Flint," said site director Leah Chernikoff. "Her images evoke with aching beauty the reality of raising a family in the face of environmental crisis."

"Working intimately with Shea Cobb, seeing the city of Flint through the perspectives of her family and creating collaborative portraits that complicate our understanding about the people and landscape of Flint, further deepens my belief that in order to have both social and cultural change in our society we must listen and learn from the residents who have resisted injustice and calamity," said Frazier. "I hope that readers will be moved and inspired by Shea's resilience, understand that the water crisis is not over and take action by writing letters to the governor's office in Michigan to demand that funds and resources be released to Flint. Water is a human right."

The September issue of ELLE is on select newsstands starting August 10 and nationwide August 16.


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PHOTO CAPTION: Denise and Rodney Clay, Shea's aunt and uncle, watch President Obama take a sip of Flint water on television. PHOTO CREDIT: LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER, FROM THE SERIES "FLINT IS FAMILY," 2016

PHOTO CAPTION: Flint residents and students from Northwestern High School await the arrival of President Barack Obama, May 4, 2016 PHOTO CREDIT: LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER, FROM THE SERIES "FLINT IS FAMILY," 2016

CAPTION: Shea Cobb with her daughter, Zion, and her mother, Ms. Renee, outside the Social Network banquet hall.