Street Art and Photography

April 6, 2010 · Uncategorized

I recently saw the Banksy/street art documentary ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ and something that was mentioned about documenting street art got me thinking. By nature, the idea of street art is that it’s temporary – it exists until it gets removed or painted over or whatever – but there’s also the issue of observation and documentation. Observing is obvious, but the documenting process is also an integral part of its existence as artwork. It’s like that cliché: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it…

As a photographer I understand the inclination to capture and document art, including street art. What I enjoy most as an observer of street art, in particular, is the surprise and delight of finding these artworks in the most random of places. Documenting them is secondary. I used to chuckle to myself every morning when I would drive past the Banksy Rat on a building on Melrose Ave. that says: I’m out of bed and dressed – what more do you want?

This joy of discovery reminds me of the first time I found and saw the work of the French artist, Space Invader.

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