Legendary photojournalist Martha Cooper (1943) is best known for documenting the New York graffiti scene of the 1970s and 1980s.
Cooper was interested in photography from an early age. She started capturing the New York graffiti scene when she was working at The New York Post. By chance or by faith, after having met a young child Edwin Serrano (He3), she became familiar with the graffiti culture of her neighborhood. Then came a meeting with the "king" of graffiti himself - Dondi. He was the first artist who allowed him to follow him and take pictures of him while he did his graffiti. She was fascinated by this subculture and began to document New York artists in their work. In 1984, Martha Cooper edited a book of photographs "Subway Art" which illustrated the New York subculture. Today, the book has become iconic as the photographs of Martha Cooper are the only remaining source that documented the birth of the movement.