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Joel Grey Finds Art in Decaying Billboards and Weathered Signs

For years Joel Grey has been attentively photographing billboards once they’ve begun to fall apart, showing what’s underneath and creating surprising and accidental works of art.

Joel Grey

Joel Grey

The actor and director Joel Grey (Cabaret) has for years spent his free hours prowling city streets looking for billboards and signs that have begun to decay and show what’s underneath. The layered, weathered images, collage-like and surreal, become strange works of art themselves once they’re framed by Grey’s smart-phone camera. If this seems like a stunt, be assured it’s not.  Yes, anyone can do this, but not everyone has Grey’s keen eye for composition, color, and the genuinely spooky textures in these tributes to the beauties of decay.


These images are taken from The Billboard Papers: Photographs by Joel Grey (Pointed Leaf Press).


For more information, contact pointedleafpress.com/the-billboard-papers.

Joel Grey

Joel Grey

Joel Grey

Joel Grey

Joel Grey

Joel Grey