JR is the name of a photographer and artist whose identity is unconfirmed. He has described himself as a “photograffeur”, he flyposts large black-and-white photographic images in public locations in a manner which is similar to the appropriation of the built environment by the graffiti artist.1 He states that the street is “the largest art gallery in the world.” He started out on the streets of Paris.4 JR’s work “often challenges widely held preconceptions and the reductive images propagated by advertising and the media.”

JR’s work combines art and action and deals with commitment, freedom, identity and limits. He has been introduced by Fabrice Bousteau as: “the one we already call the Cartier-Bresson of the 21st century”.6 On October 20, 2010, JR won the TED prize for 2011.

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SEE // Street Artist JR Puts Up a Massive Mural in South Williamsburg
Zach Bell |

We accompany the acclaimed street artist JR as he posts a mural in South Williamsburg.

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