Banksy's Broken Heart

Banksy hit New York last week. Even though I got there the day this was discovered, it had already been vandalised by the street thugs known as ‘Poster Boy.’ There’s intense disdain in the New York graffiti community for Banksy and thus all his other pieces in Manhattan and Brooklyn have already been destroyed. Maybe those people should try to create art sometime, rather than destroying someone else’s.

UPDATE: For those that have asked (or not): I waited around 25 minutes for this shot.

TAGS: [Banksy]

May 24, 2010 | 50 comments
Banksy Street Art

EXIF: Aperture: ƒ/4.5 | Focal length: 50mm | ISO: 800 | Shutter speed: 1/200s |


  • Tulna on 24.05.2010 @ 11:24

    I like this, the composition & the post processing is cool.

  • Ben on 24.05.2010 @ 12:00

    Captures the sadness of the event, great shot.

  • Csaba/EyeVision on 24.05.2010 @ 12:02

    Nice street life shot. I like the cold tones, they fit well to the rainy weather. Well done.

  • Otto K. on 24.05.2010 @ 12:24

    excellent composition...nice processing.

  • Mark Johnson on 24.05.2010 @ 12:24

    Wow, it looks like Banksy's art is something to be preserved, not destroyed! It is definitely way beyond the usual "tagging" and would be very enjoyable to walk past.

  • fabrizio on 24.05.2010 @ 12:58

    a new kind of underground art, very interesting but also sad to see it ruined, the picture as always has a wonderful shade, compliments Faisal

  • Bee on 24.05.2010 @ 13:18

    Perfect timing.
    There's a sad feel to the picture, cold colors, broken heart and rain.

  • JD on 24.05.2010 @ 13:42

    love banksy, really like the comp here, the guy with the brolly really adds to it. cool pic!

  • elena on 24.05.2010 @ 14:17

    great compo! fantastic shot!

  • frankdejol on 24.05.2010 @ 14:48

    I really like works of Banksy, but in this composition, I like more a man with an umbrella.
    Excellent shot!

  • ruimnm on 24.05.2010 @ 15:05

    Great photo. I like the color processing and the composition. Well done.

  • joshi daniel on 24.05.2010 @ 15:50

    that's a perfectly timed shot! cheers!

  • Shawn Bierman on 24.05.2010 @ 19:41

    Terrible what happens to his work in NY, however I'm sure he's aware of the possibilites--that's what makes his work so much better.

    Amazing capture, though. The passer-by is classic. A+ =)

  • Eugene on 24.05.2010 @ 20:40

    Awesome. Great juxtaposition here.

  • rian on 24.05.2010 @ 20:45

    yeah, saw that in gawker.. what a bunch of tools.. oh well.. you captured this really well though.. :)

  • yz on 25.05.2010 @ 01:15

    fantastic capture with the umbrella man, love how the umbrella color matches the graffiti

  • Ben on 25.05.2010 @ 01:43

    I like this one very much. Superb street shot. Love the guy with the huge umbrella and of course: Banksy!

  • professional photographers sin on 25.05.2010 @ 03:06

    Nice composition.

  • crash on 25.05.2010 @ 07:05

    very nice find! nice composition too ....

  • rhys on 25.05.2010 @ 07:12

    superb, the guy walking past makes it all the better

  • hoveeto on 25.05.2010 @ 07:24

    Excellebnt composition. I always love the photo when the rain comes.

  • Gary on 25.05.2010 @ 07:32

    Why don't they like him?

  • Nabeela on 25.05.2010 @ 09:28

    Came to your page via Zishaan's status msg. Must say, I love your shots! Also 'cuz many of your perspectives are so similar to mine!

    This melancholic frame captures my current state - went to NYC for the first time last week, and I seem to have lost my heart to it. *sigh*

  • faisal on 25.05.2010 @ 10:33

    Thanks everyone!

  • george@minimalistics on 25.05.2010 @ 10:34

    Talented artists always have to struggle against the Philistines! But it's not unknown for Banksy to "improve" the graffiti of others.

    Anyway Faisal I love the way that you captured this - the guy with the umbrella is inspirational. Well done.

  • Miles Wolstenholme on 25.05.2010 @ 15:26

    I love this - great composition and what amazing artwork. Thanks for sharing.

  • grapf on 26.05.2010 @ 07:47

    tell me a story with 2 men, one heart and an umbrella... :-)
    well told!

  • elaine on 26.05.2010 @ 07:52

    what a catch! simply perfect! Banksy would oove it for sure!!!!!!

  • hoi on 26.05.2010 @ 12:36

    I liked Banksy for a while and not that I don't still...but I find all the fanboys to be a little over the top. Nice photograph.

  • faisal on 26.05.2010 @ 12:54

    @hoi: As a fan and follower of his work since at least 1999, I know exactly what you mean.

  • PhotoGeek on 26.05.2010 @ 15:16

    This is a fabulous shot, the mood and framing are wonderful.
    However, while I agree that the vandalism of Banksy's work is sad, I'd like to point out that Poster Boy couldn't have defaced the work, since he's in jail ( Also, the real Poster Boy's "art" (and many do call it art) has only been created/discovered in the NYC subway system using advertisement posters, hence his "Poster Boy" name.

  • SD (Aspherical) on 27.05.2010 @ 00:19

    Nice one, the pedestrian with the umbrella really balances the Banksy piece and elevates the photo beyond the documentary. How long did you have to wait?

  • Michael Buntag on 27.05.2010 @ 02:10

    Great composition. Excellent "interaction" between pedestrian and Banksy's street art.

  • Papigiulio on 27.05.2010 @ 07:03

    nice one mate. Posterboy is a miserable c*nt for ruining Banksy's art.

  • Pierre C. on 27.05.2010 @ 09:51

    Great work and superb compo!
    Bravo Faisal!!!

  • Tyler on 27.05.2010 @ 12:33

    Perfect. You couldn't have asked for a more geometric umbrella carrier.

  • Ramsey on 28.05.2010 @ 09:09

    Great shot, I love Banksy's work and the guy with the umbrella makes the shot.

  • William Darhy on 29.05.2010 @ 06:26

    Great street shot! Like it!

  • Céline on 29.05.2010 @ 17:55

    Nice composition !

  • Michelle on 29.05.2010 @ 19:40

    Too bad about the vandalism...some have no respect. You've captured the prefect moment here though, excellent composition.

  • Klaus on 30.05.2010 @ 03:50

    you suprised me every time ... great toning and story in the image

  • minimodi on 31.05.2010 @ 08:05

    thats a cool banksy. good composition and timing!

  • bluechameleon on 01.06.2010 @ 10:39

    I'm always blown away when I visit your blog...Banksy makes an awesome backdrop for this scene.

  • PIXistenz on 03.06.2010 @ 05:51

    While I'm usually not a big fan of shooting art, I really like this one. Great job.

  • CJaM on 07.06.2010 @ 07:20

    Hi, i like the mood and processing of this. Very good.

  • Tolga on 15.06.2010 @ 13:52

    Love this. What really does it for me is the contrast of the man with the umbrella. He's dark, pretends he's ingsignificant, yet he's crucial.

  • fabry on 26.06.2010 @ 05:34

    Great Street Photography!

  • Irine on 11.08.2010 @ 13:59


  • Ben on 25.10.2010 @ 02:04

    Cool find! and of course a nice processing!

  • dmitry on 27.08.2014 @ 16:03

    if you look closely there is white paint dripping below the man with umbrella. Perfect timing.