2011 TED Prize winner

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JR is an anonymous photographer and artist and the 2011 TED Prize winner. In his work, JR embeds into neighborhoods, favelas and villages around the world, photographing the people who live there and learning their stories — and then pasting his striking images onto massive local canvases: buildings, buses, roads and bridges. His latest global art project is called “Women Are Heroes.” (Watch the emotionally powerful trailer)

JR embodies the many characteristics TED looks for in a winner: creativity, vision, leadership, and persuasion. His work is not just stunning. It is innovative, using collaborative storytelling techniques, which move the art of photography in a new and exciting direction. His work is about unlocking the power of possibility, revealing our true selves to those who live around us and then sharing those stories far and wide.

JR attracts loyalty and respect from both his subjects, his friends and volunteers who help him mount all of his exhibitions. The scale of his work is huge, not just the size of each individual portrait, or the amount of space each exhibition covers in one place, but the number of communities and countries each project involves.

More about TED Prize
JR’s Bio

New York Times Article
Fast Company Article
New York Magazine Article

(Thank you Casson)

3 Comments leave a comment below

  1. The < got lost in embedding, so the video isn't embedded properly, will check it out by pasting this url: http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’ve seen the movie last month. It’s really good done and very moving. A must see!