January 15, 2016

Subway Art – Remembering a Time When New York City’s Subways Were Covered in Graffiti

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.

Chalfant, a sculptor, noticed the graffiti on the trains in New York and began photographing them. Since Cooper was interested in capturing the graffiti within the environment of the trains and New York City and Chalfant was creating images that tightly focused on the art, the duo's work paired well when seen together.

(Photos © Martha Cooper, via Slate)


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