2011 TED Prize

This year’s winner of the coveted TED award ( Technology, Entertainment and Design) is the street artist known only as J.R. The Parisian artist has made a name for himself by plastering urban areas around the world with huge photographs of the residents who live there.

SHANGHAI In “The Wrinkles of the City,” photos of elders were used to represent the past.

Wrinkles of the City Project, Downtown, Los Angeles

The recipient of the TED award, is given the chance to fulfill an artistic wish financed by the organization. At Wednesday’s annual conference, J.R. revealed his dream of turning the world into a socially conscious graffiti collective. The artist recently launched  a project entitled “Inside Out” that allows anyone to upload a photo of an individual, family or group of people on his website: insideoutproject.net. J.R. and his team will make these photographs into large posters that will be mailed back to the senders, with the hope that they will display them somewhere public.

Women are Heroes - Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya - 2008
Women are Heroes - Favela Morro Da Providencia, Rio de Janeiro
face 2 face project, Israel and Palestine



Portrait of JR

photo credit: Christopher Shay

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

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