JR is the name of an as-yet unidentified French street artist who was recently awarded the coveted TED Prize, having started out in the banlieues of Paris. His work has appeared all over the world in the form of large black and white photographic images fly-posted in surprising public locations much in the same way as graffiti art appropriates built environments. JR’s work “often challenges widely held preconceptions and the reductive images propagated by advertising and the media.”
“The TED Prize is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, ‘One Wish to Change the World.’ Designed to leverage the TED community’s exceptional array of talent and resources, the Prize leads to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact”.
Here’s a five-minute introduction to the man behind the art, as presented by TED: