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Day 23: Capturing Without the Camera

Maika and I are Going Home

To capture the most important memories – sometimes we need to put the camera down.

I haven’t seen my family and friends for 4 years now and so when I’m home I want to put the camera down and spend lots of time with them.

For the last week before I leave Korea and go home – I’ll be taking a break from Project Looking Glass until after March 30. I may still blog a bit, capture a few photo to post, and share a few videos from the inter-web – but dedicated photography and videography time will be put aside. My behind the scenes videos will be one that inspired me and helped me in my art and personal life. Because as photographers – we’re more than just our cameras


JR’s TED Prize wish: Use art to turn the world inside out.
Video | BIO | Inside Out Project | TED

Working anonymously, pasting his giant images on buildings, trains, bridges, the often-guerrilla artist JR forces us to see each other. Traveling to distant, often dangerous places — the slums of Kenya, the favelas of Brazil — he infiltrates communities, befriending inhabitants and recruiting them as models and collaborators. He gets in his subjects’ faces with a 28mm wide-angle lens, resulting in portraits that are unguarded, funny, soulful, real, that capture the sprits of individuals who normally go unseen. The blown-up images pasted on urban surfaces – the sides of buildings, bridges, trains, buses, on rooftops — confront and engage audiences where they least expect it. Images of Parisian thugs are pasted up in bourgeois neighborhoods; photos of Israelis and Palestinians are posted together on both sides of the walls that separate them.

JR’s most recent project, “Women Are Heroes,” depicts women “dealing with the effects of war, poverty, violence, and oppression” from Rio de Janeiro, Phnom Penh, Delhi and several African cities. And his TED Prize wish opens an even wider lens on the world — asking us all to turn the world inside out. Visit

I would like to bring art to improbable places, create projects so huge with the community that they are forced to ask themselves questions.”
JR, Beaux Arts Magazine


March 25, 2011 - Posted by | Inspired by..., Lessons | , , , ,

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