Focus on JR: Photographer-Activist 3 July 2009Posted by Irish Street Art in Featured Street Artist, International Street Art.
Tags: JR, paste, photography, Rio, Video
JR is an illusive ‘undercover photographer’, who pastes giant posters. His breathtaking work turns urban streets into staggering unauthorized exhibitions. The initial 28mm work, ‘Portrait of a Generation‘ led him up to the New York Times front page. His more recent ‘Face2Face‘ and ‘Women‘ have seen him capture portaits from the Middle East and Africa to Brazil. The gathered media below showcases JR’s incredible ‘Women‘, the third stage of his 28mm project.
The French artist first made his mark in Rio de Janeiro last year, as giant posters of staring eyes started appearing on buildings in the city’s oldest favela. He was drawn there following the controversial deaths of three young men, amid alleged collusion between Brazilian soldiers and a drugs gang.