Perhaps the most ambitious photography project to ever take place in Dallas was announced this week by photographer Richard Andrew Sharum. Known around the globe for his street photography, Sharum has recently been focusing his efforts around downtown Dallas. Last year he created a small-scale version of this project, in which he affixed photographs in various locale downtown that reflected the same place at a different time, which he was pleased to see slowed people down and encouraged them to engage with each other. This time, the project will be much bigger and impossible to miss.
From April 6- May 31, he's turning several buildings into museum walls for his work, draping huge prints off the sides. Some of the prints will be politically charged, bringing an image of homelessness to a building that faces city hall; others will be quiet reflections on city life, like an image of a family playing together in Klyde Warren Park. Currently he's planning to take over five buildings (211 N. Ervay St., 800 Main St., 500 S. Ervay St., 325 N. St. Paul St., 601 Elm St.), He's hoping to spark conversations and encourage people to pay more attention to the people they walk by every day, to "observe Dallas."
Sharum's resume is impressive, with numerous international commissions and recognition from photography bigwigs like Magnum. And while he's earned a reputation across the globe, he is perhaps least known in his city of residence. But I'm guessing with a project as huge as this one that will change soon.
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Keep your eyes peeled, Dallas, Sharum is coming at you. If you want more information or want to contribute to his project, cause printing ain't cheap, yo, visit his Indiegogo page.