HIP HOP FILES: Photographs 1979-1984

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Martha Cooper has the reputation of beeing the first and foremost photographer of emering Hip Hop culture in New York City. Her book, HIP HOP FILES - Photographs 1979-1984, makes a significant part of her extensive and unique archive accessible for the first time. The book documents the beginning of the phenomenon, now known as Hip Hop. The publication of many of her photos in the early ?80s, disseminated the culture both at home and abroad.
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Overview

Martha Cooper has the reputation of beeing the first and foremost photographer of emering Hip Hop culture in New York City. Her book, HIP HOP FILES - Photographs 1979-1984, makes a significant part of her extensive and unique archive accessible for the first time. The book documents the beginning of the phenomenon, now known as Hip Hop. The publication of many of her photos in the early ´80s, disseminated the culture both at home and abroad.
Along with the photos are quotes and statements from the people appearing in them.
The book celebrates its 10th birthday in 2014 and was published in three different languages: german, english and french.

The book includes a thoughtful introduction by ZEPHYR as well as essays by CHARLIE AHEARN; PATTI ASTOR and POPMASTER FABEL, participants in the early Hip Hop scene.

Texts by ZEPHYR, Charlie Ahearn, FABEL, and Patti Astor.

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This stunning photo essay recaptures New York's vibrant, defiant street culture of the early eighties. Graffitti artists, break-dancers, and sidewalk rappers.
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"Martýs pictures capture the exact moment when Hip Hop traveled from Bronx uptown, downtown to the Manhatten nightclub and gallery scene. The photos and movies were suddenly in the works and "discovered" by the press/through her pictures) and then seen by the rest of the world." Charly Ahearn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783937946467
  • Publisher: From Here to Fame
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Edition description: New Revised Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 703,214
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Coopeŕs willingness to travel with cameras in risky areas placed her in the center of the Hip Hop movement. Her dramatic photos are a testament to her courage to carry her cameras into dangerous areas in order to get the shot. Cooper photographed kids in their own world: playing, exploring, being creative. Fortunately, Martha was at the right place at the right time to document yound people creating the music, dance and art that became known worldwide.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2005

    'Play it back and then Lay back!'

    It's a nostalgic trip through the five elements of 'Hip Hop' which in the 70's was still in it's infancy stages. Martha Cooper has documented it's daily growth through her camera lenses, words, moments and dialogue with the individuals featured in this book. She also shares her life and growth as a female photographer as well as her depiction of the Graffit movement that has once again reinvented itself 20 years later. You'll step away from this book smiling about the Jams, Battles, Basement Turntables, Boom Boxes, Puma Suede Sneakers and Art covered New York City Subway Trains of yesterdays..............

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