Eyes of the World: JR’s Massive Murals

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This giant photographic portrait is by street artist J.R., who recently won the TED award for his provocative outdoor murals around the world. JR, a French photojournalist who tries to remain anonymous, slips into shantytowns when there has been some type of incident, and quietly pastes up giant portraits of the residents. When the mass media descends on the scene, JR is long gone and just leaves his work to speak for itself.

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JR has put up massive photos in Brazil, Palestine, Paris, Africa, wherever he wants to make sure someone is watching. Click here to read the whole profile in the New York Times magazine.

Much of his work can be seen from space, via Google Earth.

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In the spirit of Basquiat and Banksy,
 JR uses his art to bring eyes and a voice to people who are hidden and silent.
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JR has a new documentary called Women Are Heroes,
 where he documents the experiences and stories of African women who have been raped and abused.
 
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This is in a slum in Rio.
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Look closely. That’s not a gun.
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These are giant images on rooftops in Kenya. 
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Given what’s going on throughout the world right now,
 these portraits seem particularly relative and poignant. 

5 thoughts on “Eyes of the World: JR’s Massive Murals

  1. I'm going straight to the NYT mag to read the article. Thanks for profiling this amazing story. These are truly amazing times!

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