JR Inside Out: The Power of Public Street Portraits

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The artist "JR" is known for his large-scale close-up photo portraits, plastered on walls around the world from Times Square to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Now he's launched "Inside Out," a project that allows participants from around the world to make their own street portraits. JR discusses the project, made possible by the TED prize, and the new documentary about his work, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

→ Screening: Inside Out: The People’s Art Project airs May 20th at 9pm ET/PT on HBO. More Information

Courtesy Inside Out: The People's Art Project
Inside Out: Save the Arctic (North Pole)
Courtesy Inside Out: The People's Art Project
Inside Out: Soldiers Smiling for Justice (Yerevan, Armenia)
Getty Images for HBO
The artist JR (and Robert DeNiro) at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of "Inside Out"

Comments [4]

Keira from Manhattan

LUV, LOVE, love it!

May. 15 2013 02:36 PM
Randy from Bronx

Bravo for your work. Wondering how you intially got the funds to travel, exhibit, etc. My friend and I are not a not-for-profit and have had no luck funding our public works.

May. 14 2013 11:46 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Betsy, You voluntarily go to Times Square? Yuk, indeed.

May. 14 2013 11:08 AM
Betsy from NYC

Yuk - I deeply hated seeing it in Times Square - the idea of WALKING ON PEOPLE'S FACES is just so disturbing.
(I walked around it. Felt like people are being prepared for further dehumanizing of selves and others - perhaps the opposite of its intent ...)

May. 14 2013 10:14 AM

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