Street Art Legends - Henry Chalfant

Légendes du Street Art - Henry Chalfant
Each week, HIYA Gallery looks back on the history of art and more precisely on the history of street art and its associated movements. We try to highlight the pioneers of this movement who have become legends, the mythical works that have left their mark in the history of street art, as well as important cultural events concerning the development of street art and graffiti, such as books rare or cult, exhibitions making reference in the history of the movement, films and other events.
We believe that in order to understand and feel the art of our time, we must constantly learn where it came from and what its roots are. That is why, alongside the representation and promotion of artists, we want to share with you knowledge about the history of street art.

Henry chalfant

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.


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