Photographer JR

By | March 22, 2012 at 8:46 am | No comments | ART, Featured Post, Fine Art

JR is the name of a photographer and artist whose identity is unconfirmed residing in Los Angeles. He has described himself as a “photo-artist”, ready to use the streets as the largest art gallery in the world. JR creates large black-and-white photographic images in public locations across various cities made popular by the graffiti artist. He started out on the streets of Paris and later moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career in art and photography. JR’s work combines art and action and deals with commitment, freedom, identity and limits that often challenges widely held preconceptions and the reductive images propagated by advertising and the media. Over the years JR released videos documenting his work as well as his major projects such as 28 Millimeters, Portraits of a Generation, Face2Face, Women are Heroes, and The Wrinkles of the City. “The Wrinkles of the City” is a video based on the encounter between himself and the city of Cartagena, Spain, and its oldest inhabitants who are taken as the memory incarnate of the city, marked by the scars of its history, economic expansion and socio-cultural mutations. While meeting and photographing the elderly, JR imaged their wrinkles, the furrows of their brows, as the marks of time, the traces of their lives that are linked with the history of the city. Here is some of his latest murals created in the downtown part of LA and make sure to checkout his website for more.

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