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Who is JR?

Oct 25, 2010
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Who shot JR?  I mean, who is JR?

Nobody knows.  Or at least the majority of the world doesn’t. But here’s what we do know:

  • JR’s art gallery is enormous.  It’s the world.
  • JR recently covered rooftops in Kibera, Kenya, with blown-up photographs of the women who lived there.
  • JR chooses people on the fringe as subjects and models.
  • His first large-format postings began appearing on walls in Paris and Rome in 2003.
  • In 2006, he launched “Portrait of a Generation,” huge-format portraits of suburban “thugs” from Paris’ notorious banlieues, posted on the walls of the bourgeois districts of Paris.
  • In 2007, with business partner Marco, he did “Face 2 Face,” which some consider the biggest illegal photo exhibition ever.
  • JR creates pervasive art that spreads uninvited on buildings of Parisian slums, on walls in the Middle East, on broken bridges in Africa or in favelas in Brazil.
  • He is the 2011 TED Prize Winner.  Deservedly so.
  • JR has inspired me.

JR’s website.

JR’s 28 millimetres site

TED award video.

Guardian’s recent article.

New York Times slideshow of JR’s recent project. (Must see…)


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