On and Off the Wall
Street Art | Graffiti, Murals, Posters, and Signs
Graffiti has existed since ancient Greece and Rome. It expresses political and cultural views, and many consider it an art form.
When there are cultural and political shifts, it is sometimes possible to see the earliest indications by literally looking at the “writing on the wall.”
Posters are found in public places all over the world. They are designed to attract the attention of passers-by and entice them to purchase a particular product or service, make them aware of a political viewpoint, or attend a specific event. If suddenly it were decreed that they all must disappear, it would seem that all color had disappeared from the urban landscape, and the cities would appear a mournful gray.
– Max Gallo
Throughout the world there have been murals on walls as long as there have been people to scratch them, paint them, etch them, carve them and make them.
From the prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux, France, to the ceremonial and celebratory murals of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome,
India, and Mesopotamia, the history of murals is long, rich and varied.
Ancient murals often depicted activities in which the people of the time engaged, from religious ceremonies to
scenes of hunting and gathering for sustenance.
– Kaizaad Kotwal
Posters are mirrors because they reflect and sometimes distort the culture and the customs of the time.
– Max Gallo
Nice piece in PhotoShelter blog: