David Sterboul, photographer, cultural activist, campaigner against unnecessarily over-sized display advertising, particularly here in Paris, left us in November 2009 at a brutally young age. Unlike Banksy, David was not into graffiti as far as I know, but Banksy's words nonetheless capture how David felt:
"The people who truly deface our neighbourhoods are the companies that scrawl giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff. They expect to be able to shout their message in your face from every available surface but you're never allowed to answer back." From Wall and Piece, 2006
See this tribute by David's friends and family, with photos of him demonstrating against abusive advertising in Paris. Voir ce blog, écrit par ses amis en France.
More in English on the anti-ad movement David helped lead called the Collectif des déboulonneurs and more on David here too.