June 17, 2009

Faces of the favelas

The French artist JR first made his mark in Rio de Janeiro last year, as giant posters of staring eyes started appearing on buildings in the city's oldest favela.

He was drawn there following the controversial deaths of three young men, amid alleged collusion between Brazilian soldiers and a drugs gang.

But now JR's work has made it on to some of Rio's grander structures. Take a tour of the city with the artist himself, and meet the people who inspired him.

Photography by Helen Clegg and courtesy JR, AFP and Getty Images.
Slideshow production: Helen Clegg and Paul Kerley. Publication date 17 June 2009."

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