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Filename: DP054452.jpg

Size: 2848 x 4288 (5.6MB)

Date: 6th August 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: © Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Urgency (1-8) 5=normal: 5

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: images.historicenglandservices.org.uk

Job Title: Staff Photographer

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Kissing Coppers DP054452

Banksy grafitti, 2004. Prince Albert pub, Frederick Place, Brighton, East Sussex. Detail of stencil grafitti behind a protective perspex sheet showing two male policemen kissing. Photographed in 2007. The original has since been removed and sold at auction

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Artist Graphic Street Art Urban Wall


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph captures the detail of Banksy's iconic mural "Kissing Coppers," a poignant and thought-provoking work of street art created in 2004. The image was captured at the Prince Albert pub on Frederick Place in Brighton, East Sussex, and depicts two male policemen locked in a tender kiss, their uniforms and helmets visible beneath the graffiti. Banksy, the elusive and enigmatic artist, is renowned for his provocative and often politically charged works that challenge societal norms and spark public debate. This particular piece, with its unexpected depiction of intimacy between law enforcement officers, was no exception. The mural was initially met with a mix of intrigue, amusement, and controversy, as some saw it as a commentary on the complexities of power dynamics and human relationships, while others viewed it as an affront to the police force. The photograph, taken in 2007, shows the mural behind a protective perspex sheet, a testament to the enduring appeal and value of Banksy's art. Unfortunately, the original mural has since been removed and sold at auction, but its legacy continues to inspire and captivate audiences around the world. This graphic urban scene encapsulates the essence of street art, a vibrant and evolving art form that transforms the built environment and challenges our perceptions. Banksy's "Kissing Coppers" is a powerful reminder of the transformative power of art and the enduring impact it can have on our communities and our collective consciousness.

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