Flo Fox

“Whether I have been healthy, visually impaired, physically challenged, or just plain off the wall: photography has always been my standby friend.”

Florence Blossom Fox, born Miami Beach, Florida 1945 (Two By Two Client #1, 2020)

Flo Fox began her career as a photographer in New York City in 1972.
For the better part of her career, Flo Fox has been legally blind, as a result of multiple sclerosis that she contracted when she was thirty. Totally disabled from the neck down and confined to a wheelchair since 1999, Flo now shoots with an automatic camera and directs friends, attendants or people in the street to take pictures for her.

Throughout her career and with an archive of over 130,000 works, Flo photographed various subjects that chronicled the rich ironies of street life in New York City. Flo Fox’s work is in the permanent collection of Brooklyn Museum and the Smithsonian. Flo Fox has also been interviewed on several talks shows including Regis and Kathy Lee and Tom Snyder. During the early 80s she hosted her own show called the Foto Flo Show, interviewing other photographers such as Ruth Orkin and Ralph Gibson on their work and their creative methods. Riley Hooper made a short documentary film,  FLO which was featured in The New York Times in 2013. Flo Fox is an advocate for the disabled and has taught  photography class for the blind and visually impaired students at the Lighthouse for the Blind. Despite blindness, multiple sclerosis, and lung cancer, photographer Flo Fox continues to shoot the streets of New York City and never goes anywhere without her camera.

Flo Fox, 1977 NYC
Climbing the Fences-1974 © Flo Fox
Climbing the Fence, 1974 NYC
Everybody Sucks, Coney Island, NY 1978
Fenciful, Woodside Queens, 1973
City Pool, (Cover of The Book: Asphalt Gardens), NYC 1978
Soul Sisters, Vacation Camp for the Blind,
Spring Valley, NY 1989
Shades of a Family, Chelsea, 7th Avenue, NYC 2012
by Alexis Coley & Flo Fox (home attendant to Flo Fox)
Central Park Teens, NYC 1980
Street Lounge, NYC 1996
Metropolitan Life, NYC 1988
Bottoms Up, NYC 1978
City Tree, (From The Book: Asphalt Gardens), NYC 1974
Flat Iron In A Puddle, NYC 1991
Someone To Talk To, NYC 1973
Urban Cowboys, 42nd Street, NYC 1973
Laundry Room Blues, Charles Street, NYC 1978
Endangered Species, NYC 1980
Car Shadow, NYC
Up in Smoke