I am a portrait photographer, street artist and creative activist.
My name is Raphael Rapior, I am born in 1987 and grew up in a small village in the southern German countryside. My younger brother, who has a mental disability, and I were very close growing up. In order to communicate with him I had to learn to read his facial expressions, this led to my piqued interest in people’s faces and the stories they tell.
Around the age of ten I got my first camera and fell in love with photography. Over the years I taught myself to read light and work with different camera systems. It is my passion for people, traveling and the desire to learn form different cultures, that drives my work as a photographer.
By displaying my portraits in large format on the streets of the world, I seek to create emotional mirrors between people, to open a dialogue about our identity and build bridges between cultures. We might look so different but we all smile, we cry; we have anger and feel love. It is