Ruby Washington

Ruby Washington grew up on a farm in Patterson, Georgia, where her father grew tobacco, cotton, and vegetables. A middle child of twelve siblings, she started taking pictures in childhood. The first African-American female staff photographer, Ms. Washington began working as as a lab technician at The New York Times in the mid-1970s and was soon promoted to staff photographer, shooting for the paper until 2014, when she retired. Ms. Washington passed away in September 2018.

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Ruby Washington

Ruby Washington: A Trailblazer in Photojournalism

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2019

Ruby Washington, the first African-American female staff photographer for The New York Times, passed away in September 2018.

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