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Favela Eyes Rio de Janeiro..............(4089.jpg)

Look closely at this picture. At first glance, it’s not a pretty sight, a sprawling shanty town in Rio de Janeiro. On second glance, it’s something else entirely. Art, to be precise, courtesy of French photographer and guerilla artist JR.

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JR is best known for photographing people with a 28mm camera he found on the underground, and covertly posting the images around their hometowns. His guerilla style has been described as possessing a quailty of ‘in-your-face rudeness’.

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He’s just spent a month in a historical – but dangerous – favela district of Rio, where recently three teenagers were killed in a clash with corrupt local authorities. With the help of local photographer Mauricio Hora, JR photographed women of all backgrounds and ages who are caught up in a constant daily struggle. His installation, called 28 Millimetres: Women, was posted with their help.

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JR’s work is prolific, and has graced walls from Paris to Berlin, London to Cartagena, Spain. Women is a global project, with sister projects in Sierra Leone, Libera and Sudan, with Asian countries being added soon. RM

Favela Eyes Rio de Janeiro..............(4088.jpg)

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  • sarahelizabeth

    December 21, 2008

    really amazing–a masterpiece.

  • paoruiz

    October 24, 2008

    This is just awesome. I hope you can do this in the Philippines as well. You know, you’ll have a lot of canvasses here.

  • jesse

    October 21, 2008

    cool picture

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