SUBWAY ART. GRAFFITI, Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper.


New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1984. First American Edition. First collaborative work between photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, a cornerstone work documenting the burgeoning New York graffiti scene during the 1970's-80's. For several years the photographers informally competed with each other to see who could shoot freshly-painted trains first, prior to deciding to combine their efforts to create a single document of the artist's behind the art. After being rejected by numerous publishers, the book was eventually produced in a small print run consisting of 5,000 copies. More than 30 years later, with over a half-million copies in print, the book remains one of the single most important books on the subject. According to Shepard Fairey, "Subway Art is one of the main reasons graffiti became a global phenomenon. For everyone that didn't grow up in New York City and even those that did, Subway Art became their main source of inspiration." Uncommon in the first printing. Item #4159

First Printing. Quarto (27cm); photo-illustrated card wrappers; 104pp; illus. Old bookstore rubber-stamp to half-title page, light wear to extremities, else Near Fine.

Price: $400.00

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