JR - Migrants Walking New York City, New York USA 2015

JR - Migrants Walking New York City, New York USA 2015

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Produced by Perrotin x JR
Offset poster
24 x 35.9 in | 61 x 91 cm 
Open edition 

Produced on the occasion of JR's exhibition "Horizontal" at Perrotin New York (June - August 2018). 

From the studio:

In April 2015, the New York Times Magazine reached out to JR to think about a project together. JR’s work has been preoccupied with the theme of immigration. He told them he would love to continue what he started on Ellis Island into the city. 

They looked for people who arrived in NYC less than a year ago. They chose 15 people from all over the world. JR photographed them walking in the city all of them completely unknown living in the shadows of the city and learning English slowly.

In a few hours during the night, JR and his team pasted Elmar, 20 years old, who came from Azerbaijan, on the floor of Flat Iron Plaza in New York City. The image was 150 feet high. 

The April 23rd 2015, Elmar was featured on the cover of the New York Times magazine.