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Street photo artist JR has spent the past two decades traveling the world creating monumental scale murals made up of portraits of local people. This morning his mobile photo booth arrived at Port Authority to capture locals for the Inside Out: NY Together project.

Justin Jiminez, a security officer for the Garment District Alliance, was an early visitor to the booth. All Photos: Phil O’Brien

JR works at the intersections of photography, social engagement, and street art. This project is part of his international initiative and will combine into a 40-foot-tall and 600-foot-long stretch art installation along W 40th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue. The gallery will include black and white portrait photos of 1,200 locals and visitors who pass through the area.

The booth is just a few steps around the corner from Port Authority Bus Terminal.

The booth, just around the corner from 8th Avenue on W40th Street, will be open from today until Friday, October 8, from 10am to 5pm. The whole process took us less than 5 minutes this morning — and after seeing the huge printed version appear out of the side of the van, a digital copy is emailed to you. The project is being presented by the Garment District Alliance in cooperation with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The author couldn’t resist getting in on the picture.

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