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Martha Cooper Henry Chalfant
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Subway Art

Martha Cooper Henry Chalfant


9780500292129

Thames & Hudson Ltd


Art & Architecture;
Art & design styles: from c 1960;
Graffiti & street art


Paperback

128 pages

$32.99
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In 1984, photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant captured the imagination of a generation with Subway Art, a groundbreaking book documenting the work of graffiti writers who illegally painted subway cars in New York City. The 2009 edition of the book is now available in a new, slightly reduced format. Henry Chalfant's images of the trains retain their impact, while Martha Cooper's narrative pictures tell the story. In the introductions, the authors recall how they gained entry to the New York graffiti community in the 1970s and 1980s and describe the techniques that they used to photograph it. Afterwords report how the lives of the original subway artists have unfolded, and chronicle the end of the subway graffiti scene in the late 1980s and its unexpected rebirth as a global art movement. This is an essential book for all fans of graffiti, stunning photography and 1980s-cool.

By:   Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 335mm,  Width: 234mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   880g
ISBN:   9780500292129
ISBN 10:   0500292124
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   October 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

`Why don't you photograph graffiti?' Martha Cooper * `If art like this is a crime, let God forgive me.' Henry Chalfant * SUBWAY ART * `We may have lost the trains...' Martha Cooper * `... but we've gained the whole world.' Henry Chalfant

Martha Cooper has contributed the photographs for over twenty books and is Director of Photography at City Lore, the New York Center for Urban Folk Culture. Henry Chalfant is an American photographer and videographer well known for his work on hip hop culture. He is the author of Spraycan Art, and his world-renowned documentation of the artists of the New York subway was memorialized in the most successful book on graffiti ever published, Subway Art, published by Thames & Hudson.


A fascinating source of material for those interested in visual anthropology and the impact of a developing urban art and social language. Time has not diminished the book s beauty. The chance to view so many classic pieces at an increased size is almost as exciting as the inclusion of more than 70 previously unpublished photographs. The bible of the New York graffiti movement. Time has not diminished the book's beauty. The chance to view so many classic pieces at an increased size is almost as exciting as the inclusion of more than 70 previously unpublished photographs. The bible of the New York graffiti movement.

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