MARTHA: A PICTURE STORY
8:15 Film Screening of Martha: A Picture Story
In 1970s New York, photographer Martha Cooper captured some of the first images of graffiti at a time when the city had declared war on it.
Decades later, Cooper has become influential to the global movement of street artists. The Film takes us from Martha’s work in the Peace Corps in Thailand and follows her career at the NY Post to the present day where she continues to document Street Art although she is well in to her 70’s.
“Martha: A Picture Story” turns the camera around on , a photographer who captured the era when graffiti-covered subway cars crisscrossed New York, and who was among the first to give serious consideration to the artists who scrawled on those trains. The book “Subway Art,” Cooper’s 1984 collaboration with the photographer Henry Chalfant, developed an international underground following, providing a stylistic template — Cooper’s word — for aspiring graffiti writers. NY Times
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