Street Art Legends - Martha Cooper

Légendes du Street Art - Martha Cooper
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.

Martha cooper

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.


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