A self-described “photograffeur,” street artist JR is an unusual character that uses a different approach to creating works of beauty in a scene dominated by graffiti artists. He basically flyposts gigantic black-and-white pictures, usually in public locations. The result? Amazing combinations of photography and street art that’s different enough to get people’s attention in all the right ways.
A believer in the thought that the street is “the largest art gallery in the world,” JR started creating these unbelievable works in the streets of Paris where he’s from. He’s so good and innovative, that French journalist Fabrice Bousteau called him “the one we already call the (Henri) Cartier-Bresson of the 21st century.” To be compared to the father of photojournalism is already a feat on its own, as JR’s works are provocative and reach an audience far beyond just the people who happen to browse newspapers and magazines.
On top of that, a couple of years back he also won the TED Prize for 2011. Given during the Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference, the TED Prize is awarded each year to exceptional people or entities in the form of a cash prize and “One Wish to Change the World.” His wish? “To use art to turn the world inside out,” and he continues so to do as a semi-anonymous street artist.
While he chooses to consider himself “neither a street artist nor a photographer,” this innovator’s countless projects including his most famous Inside Out Project is someone to look out for. Here are some of his works from all over the world:
For more on JR’s works, visit his website! Thanks for reading!