Feb 16, 2009

Kibera photo graffiti project

JR is a 25-year-old Parisian (from Tunisian and Eastern European parents), living in a middle-class background. He describes himself as a graffiti artist, but started taking photographs when he found a camera on the Paris metro as a 17-year-old. He is now, in his own words, a hybrid 'photograffeur', who pastes enormous black-and-white photographic canvases of eyes and noses and mouths in various urban environments.
JR has just returned from Kenya, where he and his 10 unpaid assistants transformed Kibera, one of Africa’s biggest slums, into a vast exhibition space. They plastered the people's portraits on train carriages and on the roofs of their houses. (Text: designboom)
via designboom.com
Photograph: © JR, from the project '28 millimètres'

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