JR's portrait photograph


Monumental photography with a community ethos

“I raise questions, I don’t give answers”

JR takes public art to the next level. For nearly two decades, he’s made huge black and white photo installations in public spaces. But the art is not just exhibited in public, it’s made with the public too. Women are Heroes, for example, started in 2008. Since, the project has travelled across seven countries in four different continents. The artist works with women in local communities to take t...

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JR (he/him) was born in 1983 in Paris, France. Paris is still his base, but he travels around the world collaborating with different communities and institutions to create his art.


JR nearly always works with photography, but his projects are all very different. He’s collaborated with prisoners in California and made installations at world-famous museums, like The Louvre in Paris. In 2017, he collaborated with Agnès Varda to make the Academy Award nominated documentary film, Faces Places.


JR’s practice has collaboration at its heart. One medium he’s often returned to is dance, ballet in particular. In 2014, he created his Art Series installation with the New York City Ballet – a huge eye formed of life-size photos of the dancers pasted on the floor at the Lincoln Center.

Collaborations with JR