CHÂTEAU D'EAU - PARIS - Jean-Baptiste Pellerin alias Backtothestreet

Backtothestreet -

Very limited edition. Numbered.

10 x 15 cm. Photographic plate under glass.


These photographic plates made of earthenware and under glass are usually cemented on the walls of cities (Paris, London, Tokyo...). The idea of the photographer and street artist Jean-Baptiste Pellerin alias Backtothestreet was to "give back to the street what he had taken from it".

Backtothestreet was born at the end of 2014 after seeing "Faites le mur!", the real fake documentary by Banksy. It was then that the decision to stick his photos on city walls, came to him as a matter of course.
"Whether I'm on foot, bike or scooter, I scan the pavements for a subject. Anyone can interest me, but my subject needs a little something extra. A colour, a form of clothing, an aura. Now I have to find a background for it. And that's the hardest part. Without a background, even with the most interesting subject, it won't make a picture!"

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Jean-Baptiste Pellerin aka Backtothestreet

In 1990, after graduating from photography school, Jean-Baptiste Pellerin rushed to the streets to put into practice what he had learned. For a long time, he practised what is known as "stolen photography" in the working-class neighbourhoods of major cities. In 2015, it was a turning point. He watched the real-fake documentary by BANKSY "Faites le mur" and then made documentary films and a report on the refugees of La Porte de la Chapelle. The idea of giving back to the street what he had taken from it seemed obvious to him. The stolen portraits are returned.

Since then, using the largest of galleries, the street, under the name of BACKTOTHESTREET and according to this concept, he sticks his photos under glass on the walls of major cities around the world.
Today, there are more than 4000 small postcard-sized photos (10x15cm) that have been sealed between a ceramic tile and a glass plate and then cemented onto city walls. You could also discover them at Artazart in spring 2020.