Art?

There is an artist, a photographer really, called J.R. who has never identified himself except with those initials. A quote about him: 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. He states that the street is “the largest art gallery in the world.” He started out on the streets of Paris. There was a recent display of some of his work here in Paris.


This is what you see as you approach the building where the exhibit is located.


A photo of work he did in India. The bottom part of the faces were on buildings. The top parts were on trains and the face would change as the train moved.


This photo was sliced into strips which were each place on a step. You could only see the whole thing from a distance. There was another photo showing the same thing a few months later and it was slowly fading and tearing. He doesn’t do them to last. Rain and weather slowly make them disappear.

6 thoughts to “Art?”

  1. I like his work, probably because photography is one of my favorite forms of artistic expression. And in Paris, you have the chance to see so many great expos.

  2. Such a creative mind…which is not to say I like all of his work. The first one is kind of creepy but the second is so clever I might stand and watch the changing faces for quite a while. Were you inspired by his work?

  3. I didn’t know about him, so thanks. Creative and thought-provoking, and fun. Made me think a bit of Christo, the time he wrapped the Pont Neuf in gauze.

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