Martha Cooper Henry Chalfant: Subway Art

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During the 1970s and 80s, photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant captured the environment and the imagination of a generation by documenting the burgeoning New York City graffiti scene.

30 years on, the bible of the street-art movement is back and better than ever!

With over 70 fresh photographs not included in the original edition.

In new introductions Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant recall how they gained entry to the New York City graffiti community in the 1970s and 1980s.

New afterwords continue the story from the decline of the subway graffiti scene in the late 1980s to its unexpected rebirth as a global art movement.

The authors bring us up to date on how the lives of the original subway artists have unfolded, and mourn the loss of several writers to the darker forces of the street.

« There have been books, newspaper articles and films about graffiti before, but 1984 was the year the book Subway Art was published. That book (…) accidentally spread New York’s subway graffiti around the world and has defined it to this day. » Rj Rushmore in Viral Art.


About the photographers:

Martha Cooper is a Manhattan-based documentary photographer. Her images of graffiti and hip hop culture are world-renowned and widely published. She is the Director of Photography at City Lore.

Henry Chalfant is a sculptor, filmmaker, and photographer in New York. His photos have appeared in many books and he has produced several documentary films on street art and urban culture.


Softcover edition with 153 illustrations

Product details

Martha Cooper Henry Chalfant: Subway Art
Publication Date
September 2015
Thames and Hudson
Number of Pages
9,21 x 13,19 x 0,47 inch
23.4 x 33.5 x 1.2 cm

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