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Martha Cooper is a documentary photographer who has specialized in shooting urban vernacular art and architecture for over forty years. In 1977, Martha moved from Rhode Island to New York City and worked as a staff photographer at the NY Post for three years. During that time she began to document graffiti and B-Boying, subjects which led to her extensive coverage of early Hip Hop as it emerged from the Bronx. These photos, published worldwide, helped make Hip Hop the predominant international youth movement it is today.


Martha’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and published in numerous magazines from National Geographic to Vibe. Her book “Subway Art” (with Henry Chalfant) has been in print since 1984 and is affectionately called the “bible” by graffiti artists.

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