5. JR

JR's monumental photographs of eyes, hands, and faces bring out a new sense of identity not only of the sitter, but also of the architecture of the surrounding community. The scale of his work is unprecedented, unpretentious, and, at moments, unbelievable; eyes stare out from hillside favela walls, country borders, tops of trains, and the faces of well-weathered women find surprising homes in outdoor stairs. JR's building-sized wheat-paste portraits literally change the face of the neighborhood. The work has even earned JR a TED Prize in October of 2010, where he was introduced as "the one we already call the Cartier-Bresson of the 21st century." His photographic work has exercised its potential to move and to affect in a profound and accessible way.  

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Above: Face2Face, 2007