The point of these photographs? Real interaction…


Recently, French artist JR (whom Raffi Khatchadourian wrote about here) took over The New Yorkers Instagram feed to document his new large-scale participatory art project, ‘Inside Out‘.

JR and his team opened a specially designed photo booth in New York’s Times Square, a location which attracts some 400,000 daily visitors. He invited passersby to take self-portraits and then he printed three-by-four-foot black-and-white versions of the resulting photo booth images and pasted them to the ground in various locations.

The goal of the project was to allow each portrait-taker to express through his or her face a message to the world.
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Vivian Maier – one of the world’s most mysterious street photographers

image by Vivian Maier - January 9, 1957, Floridaimage by Vivian Maier (Florida, 9 January 1957)
© 2013 Maloof Collection, Ltd.

In 2007 John Maloof, a 26-year-old real estate agent involved in historic preservation of Chicago’s Northwest Side, strolled into an auction house and placed a $380 bid on a box of 30,000 prints and negatives from an unknown photographer.

Realising the street photographs of 1950s/60s era Chicago and New York were of unusually high quality, he purchased another lot of the photographer’s work, totalling some 100,000 photographic negatives, thousands of prints, 700 rolls of undeveloped colour film, home movies, audio tape interviews, and original cameras.

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