The Inside Out Project's Photobooth Truck Takes Over Times Square
It would be difficult to be a part of the street art world in any form and not know about the JR, or the Inside Out Project, the public art portraiture project that seems to slowly be taking over the world. The faces and stories of the citizens of the world are pasted up in their communities in large scale installations, either by the Inside Out Project team or the people themselves, letting them make public statements through portraiture.
This time, the Inside Out Project is hitting New York City hard – and it’s gone mobile.
It’s been a crazy week for JR as the premiere of his documentary INSIDE OUT: The People’s Art Project debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the Inside Out photobooth truck assisted in rolling out “actions” in Red Hook and the Rockaways as well – the areas of New York City hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. I even noticed on Instagram that he recently released a digital book, an Inside Out app, and he was just in Berlin, pasting walls with images of older native Berliners.
For the next couple of weeks, the Inside Out Project photobooth truck will be parked in Times Square, running every day through May 10th from 12-8 pm. For anyone who has wanted to participate in the project, this is a great chance to get involved.
How it works: simple, you stand in line (I got there at about noon, right when the truck started running, and I was one of the first in line), sign a waiver form, go in the truck, take your photo, and watch as your larger than life portrait prints directly out of the truck. You can choose to either take it home or have it pasted in Times Square, directly in front of the steps – I chose to have mine pasted, and I’d urge you to also, to further engage in the project and make your artistic stamp in one of the world’s most well-known landmarks.
text and photos: Lea Faminiano