photo of the day: SHEPARD FAIREY x OBEY GIANT x NYC

Shepard Fairey Obey Giant NYC Photo by Joe Russo

Lafayette St., NYC June 2011 – Over the summer, street artist Shepard Fairey, of Obey Giant fame, came to NYC to work on some fine art projects…and of course…hit the streets. Over the years, I have been fortunate to become friends with Shepard, his family and his crew. They give me all the freedom and access to do what I love to do…be a photographer and a documentarian. Truly one of the nicest, most generous people you’d ever meet.

And so on this beautiful sunny day in NYC, Shepard had just finished up a large stencil piece on Prince Street. We say goodbye to friend Martha Cooper and head towards Lafayette and Spring Sts. The crew packed up the car and headed over. Shep decides he wants to walk so I join him. He’s so full of energy…like a little kid. He’s slapping up stickers on everything he passes, climbing street poles for the high spot…all without breaking our conversations. You can see his determination to his mission, his message, his iconography and his art.

We get to the building and unload some supplies. We’re heading up to see a friend of his that lives on the 11th floor of this loft building. Shep and the crew assess the situation and come up with a plan. They decide to split a large Andre icon in half and paste one on one side of the building and the other on the opposite side…all from hanging out the window with no harness or anything. Since I couldn’t snap any good photos from the loft, I headed downstairs to the street and shot from there. He barely drew notice from anyone on the street in the process.

To see more of Shepard’s work, please check out his latest book which features many of my photos from his last NYC show at the now defunct Deitch Projects.

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