Henry Chalfant, an American photographer and videographer who is best known for his work documenting graffiti, breakdance and hip hop culture of the 1970s and 1980s.
Henry Chalfant photographed the work of Lee Quiñones (@leequinones) on two subway cars that he saw in the Bronx in 1977 that led him on this journey to take photos of this subculture. For seven years, Henry Chalfant photographed trains and wagons, creating an archive base of photographs depicting ephemeral works of graffiti that have now disappeared and have remained documented in art history thanks to him.
In less than 10 years, Henry Chalfant has taken more than 1500 photos of graffiti art, subway cars, rappers and breakdancing. He stopped capturing the graffiti movement in 1985 because New York City managed to clean all the graffiti from the subway cars in a matter of days and it became much more difficult to capture the new works.