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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 movement. Now 25 years and more than a half a million copies later, their bestselling book Subway Art is available in a large-scale, deluxe format heightening the visual impact of their classic images.

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Overview

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 movement. Now 25 years and more than a half a million copies later, their bestselling book Subway Art is available in a large-scale, deluxe format heightening the visual impact of their classic images.

With 70 additional photographs, and a fresh introduction and afterword, this collector's edition illustrates the passion, creativity and resourcefulness of unlikely kids inventing an art form destined to spread worldwide and spawn the present-day street art movement.

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BLADE ONE
People from all over the world have wanted to meet me because of Subway Art. There's no question that this book has changed the course of art history on this planet.

SHEPARD FAIREY
Subway Art is one of the main reasons graffiti became a global phenomenon. For everyone that didn't grow up in New York City and even for those that did, Subway Art became their main source of inspiration.

OS GEMEOS
Brazil was always late getting information about graffiti. We remember the first time we saw "Subway Art" was in 1988 or 89. A friend showed us the book, and we went crazy! He wouldn't leave the book with us, so we made a photocopy... every single small photo was "Big" for us... We've always been glad for "Subway Art" and its influence on all the writers around the world!

NEW YORK TIMES
The 1984 book Subway Art, Ms. Cooper's collaboration with Henry Chalfant, a photographer and filmmaker, captured graffiti's golden and assaultive years. It sold half a million copies, becoming the movement's bible and epitaph. But the best of the trains live on, in an updated, large-format 25th-anniversary edition, to be published next month by Chronicle Books.

JONATHAN LETHEM
This lavish new edition stunningly reasserts Subway Art 's place as the signal book on the authentic graffiti phenomenon, with pictures you can at last climb into and explore the way devotees of the earlier edition could only dream of.

JEFFREY DEITCH
The Wild Style graffiti that was invented in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s is arguably the most influential art movement since Pop Art. Much of its influence is due to the extraordinary documentation of the artists and their work in the book Subway Art, by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, now re-released in a beautifully produced 25th anniversary edition.

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Originally published in 1984, this book created a worldwide awareness of graffiti as a socially and artistically significant movement. In this new and expanded anniversary edition, Cooper and Chalfant, who photographed the trains and the writers (as graffiti artists are called), discuss the origins of their original work and the subway art phenomenon from their perspective 25 years later. In between these short discussions are 100-plus pages of sensational color reproductions, including several striking foldouts. Browsing this book raises questions about creativity, power, commerce, authority, expression, and urban life; it's also just plain fun. But the reading experience is bittersweet: the images are all that are left of this artwork. VERDICT The larger format, the inclusion of 70 additional photographs, and the excellent graphic presentation make this new edition a nice companion to the original. An improved package for a subject of perennial interest to hip-hop historians, artists, and young urbanites alike.—Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811868877
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 11.60 (w) x 16.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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