JR knows how to hold up a mirror to a community. “In the home of the moving image,” Jane Rosenthal writes, “he has used his still photographs – stunningly magnified and arrestingly positioned – to prompt profound questions about what a meaningful life entails.”
This is JR’s way of reminding us that we are all witnesses to the triumphs and outrages of our generation. As he photographs his subjects, he listens to their fascinating life stories and immortalises the only witnesses left of the past. Los Angeles is where the Hollywood myth was born, where glamour and beauty of the city has come to define it. For this project, JR juxtaposes the imperfection and the meaning which is held in the wrinkles of the elderly with the image of ‘perfection’ and regenerated beauty that has become a hallmark of the 21st Century.