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Who is JR?

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JR is a 37-year-old French artist and activist, best known for pasting up large-scale black-and-white portraits of marginalized figures, in public places around the world. He came to prominence following the 2005 Paris riots, when his public portraits of kids from the city’s suburbs (banlieues), were screened around the globe by news broadcasters, as a means to illustrate a city on edge. Get your very own JR print, poster or skateboard and discover more about the elusive artist below.
Action in Phnom Penh, Peng Panh, Cambodia
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Momentum, 2014
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28 MILLIMÈTRES..., 2017
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28 MILLIMÈTRES, FACE 2 FACE..., 2018
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7 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT JR
  1. Known as the “Cartier-Bresson of the 21st century,” JR started out as a teenage graffiti artist in the Paris housing projects. After finding a photo camera in the subway station, he and his friends began documenting their street art. At age seventeen, he started photocopying these photos and printing them on outdoor walls like graffiti tags. Eventually, these photos would reach massive proportions, covering entire roofs and walls.

  2. From 2004-2006, JR worked on Portraits of a Generation, large-scale photos of young people printed on the roofs and walls of the Paris housing projects they lived in. “In the street,” said JR, “we reach people who never go to museums.”

  3. In 2011, JR won the $100,000 TED prize. He used this money to fund the Inside Out Project, which allows communities around the world to do multiple large-scale portraits of whoever they like.
Migrants Walking poster, 2018
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Giants, Kikito..., 2018
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28 MM, Women are Heroes..., 2018
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La Pyramide, 19 Juin 2016, 21H23..., 2016
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Migrants, Walking New York City,..., 2019
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28 Millemètres, Women Are Heroes, Action in Kibera Slum..., 2009
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MIGRANTS, MAYRA, PICNIC ACROSS THE BORDER..., 2017
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