An archived piece of ITV footage of a partially disguised street artist may be a decisive clip that reveals the identity of Banksy.
The identity of Banksy, the world’s most famous anonymous street artist, has been debated for years as fans speculate who the real artist may be. However, Bristol-based ITV News reporter Robert Murphy believes he has unearthed the most revealing footage yet while researching Banksy.
Exploring the archived footage vault of ITV London, Murphy stumbled across a clip of a man who is creating street art while partially covering his face with a baseball cap and T-shirt. The man is then interviewed while facing the camera, his eyes, eyebrows and forehead clearly visible.
“I’m disguised because you can’t really be a graffiti writer and then go public,” the person explained to reporter Haig Gordon in the interview. “The two things don’t quite go together.”
The clip is dated back to 2003, a time prior to Banksy’s major breakthrough 2003 Turf War exhibition. In the footage, the man is working on two pieces of art which have since been attributed to Banksy. Filming him at work, the video shows the artist painting the words “KILL MORE” with baby building blocks.
Interviewer Good then asks: “It’s hard to make an entertaining picture at the best of times but at least if you have something that wanders around and licks its nose and urinates in front of you it’s going to make the picture a bit more interesting.”
The conversation then turns to a piece of spray paint graffiti which had emerged on Nelson’s Column reading: ‘Designated Riot Area’ to which the man says: “I thought that was quite funny.” The interviewer than asks: “You don’t mind if I pass your details on to the police?”
The man replied: “No. What details have you got?”
On reflection and remembering the interview, Gordon said: “He was relaxed, he was laid-back, he was amiable. I quite took to him. I was dreading a pretentious arty-farty type, but he was very pleasant.”
Still undecided if he had actually interviewed the real Banksy, Gordon said he is unsure “but it seemed like an organised event. The press officer seemed like a normal press officer who wouldn’t be playing a trick on the media.”