the power of photography

June 18, 2018

JR / French Photography

Changing societies perception and views

The power of photography is found everywhere around the Globe and specially in places where human beings are vulnerable thanks to JR and the Inside Out Project. The following are but three examples of the Inside Out Project around the Globe.

Let me start by introducing you to Kikito a portrait of a child that lives on one side of the American / Mexican border. While USA prepares to build a wall, “a Great Wall, Trump Wall” as Donald Trump states. Kikito makes another statement, not by words, or weapons but by his presence – the power of photography.

Melania Trump spoke against husband’s cruel policy

Laura Bush, Melania

The US president’s unconscionable family separation policy on all headlines including his own wife quoted that she “hates to see children separated from their parents” and hopes “both sides of the aisle” can come together.

Family Separation Policy

zero tolerance

The U.S. has taken a stricter stance on illegal crossings at the Mexican border last May ( May of 2018 ), which has resulted in children being separated, rather than keeping them together in detention centres.

“If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you”, Jefferson Sessions the Attorney General of USA.

Former first lady Laura Bush called the policy “cruel” and “immoral” while GOP Sen. Susan Collins expressed concern about it and a former adviser to President Donald Trump said he thought the issue was going to hurt the president at some point. Religious groups, including some conservative ones, are protesting.

“I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart,” she wrote in a guest column for the Washington Post Sunday. She compared it to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, which she called “one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.”

Travel 4,000 miles south of the Mexican and USA border and you will find a city that was given all the geographical gifts a beautiful city by nature and air – Rio de Janeiro. Should one venture to walk in the less desirable places and find areas called Favela.

JR. Art Projects

28 Millimeters, Women Are Heroes
Action dans la Favela Morro da Providência, Escalier, Rio de Janeiro, Brésil, 2008

Morro da Providencia

oldest favela in Brazil

“Policing is impossible in this area, rife with deserters, thieves and squaddies. There are no streets, the houses are all made of wood and covered in zinc, and there isn’t a single gas light on the whole hill.” Journal do Brasil.

“From the very beginning, since the favela became the favela, us residents have seen the police as oppressors,” he says. “And there is never any dialogue between the oppressor and the oppressed.”

Travelling around the World the Power of portraits are making statements without words or swords. But by the silent power of art through portraits by the JR Project. In the Middle East the “We are Arabs. We are Humans” portraits are changing international biases.

WE ARE ARABS. WE ARE HUMANS.

265 Portraits

“Jordan is expressing anger towards the conflicts, war and blood shed in its neighboring countries. We are thankful for the somewhat calm situation we are at today but sending a message to the world in memory of all the falling babies, children, parents and grandparents in the Arab world. Our heart goes out to all the refugees who have fled their countries, left back their jobs, families, friends, and lives. We have these mixed feelings about what has been happening in Jordan. Since the 40s, Jordan has become a cultural collage created by pieces of different people because of it location. Jordan is the heart of the Middle East. Jordan is a Home to many nationalities. Some have become citizens living within us but some are still considered outsiders living in camp sites not allowed to leave or enter. We are not asking if this is right or wrong. We are celebrating our diversity by capturing our face expressions and reactions to everything going on in Jordan today.” Nida Alhamzeh

The power of photography is in Jordan making a quiet statement that engulf’s the soul of people who see others as humans.

Inside Out

Documentary tracks the evolution of the world’s largest participatory art project, the wildly popular “Inside Out.” Travel the globe with French artist JR as he motivates communities to define their most important causes by pasting giant portraits in the street, testing the limits of what they thought possible. In capturing the process, Alastair Siddons creates a glowing testament to the power of the image and the role that art can play in transforming lives.

JR on 60 minutes

The power of photography and art by JR on 60 minutes interviewed by Anderson Cooper.