MARTHA COOPER (US)
Martha Cooper is an American photojournalist best known for documenting the New York graffiti scene of the 70s and 80s.
While working as a staff photographer for the New York Post in 1977 Cooper would spend time going to and from assignments in run-down neighborhoods where she took pictures of kids playing, often with the humblest of materials. It was during one of these trips that she stumbled on graffiti and the members of its community, and began to start documenting the movement and it’s progenitors.
With fellow graffiti photographer Henry Chalfant, Cooper published a book of photographs in 1984 called Subway Art, which inspired generations of graffiti writers and street artists around the globe. The book is still venerated not only by established and aspiring artists but by fans, academics and art historians alike.
Martha Cooper’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and published in numerous magazines including National Geographic, Natural History, and Vibe.