66th out of 74 books — 24 voters
Women Are Heroes
Guerilla street artist JR traveled to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, Kenya, Brazil, India, and Cambodia to seek out women struggling in their everyday lives and, in his words, “to take their stories around the world.” Pasting mural-size portraits of his subjects into their own communities—on the sides of buildings, on trains, on bridges—he brings a haunting human presence t...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Harry N. Abrams
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I do not recommend this book for a lunchtime-browse. This is not light reading, but it is important and valuable. Each of the stories were heart-wrenching and made me want to do something to contribute. The end of the book gives details of how the project positively affected these women's lives, which was really nice to see.
JR is the name of a photographer and artist whose identity is unconfirmed. He has described himself as a "photograffeur", he flyposts large black-and-white photographic images in public locations in a manner which is similar to the appropriation of the built environment by the graffiti artist. He states that the street is "the largest art gallery in the world." He started out on the streets of Par...moreMore about JR...