Martha Cooper's 70th Birthday
It was a picture perfect day as the New York graffiti community came out in full effect to celebrate the 70th birthday of legendary graffiti photographer Martha Cooper. The iconoclast is most well known as the co-author of Subway Art, published in 1984 and often regarded as the “graffiti bible.” The books international distribution is largely credited as a catalyst in the explosion of graffiti as a global movement.
Over the past 30 years Marty, as she’s affectionately known as by her friends, hasn’t missed a beat, traveling around the world photographing many of the most impressive and inspiring murals by the who’s who of the graffiti and street art world. Martha Cooper’s history with the famed Houston Street and Bowery wall dates back to Summer of 1982 when she documented Keith Haring filing with wall with a vivid composition that was revived in 2008 for what would have been Haring’s 50th birthday. Since then Marty has been on the scene to document the rotating roster of artists to paint the wall from Os Gemeos to Shepard Fairey, Barry Mcgee to Kenny Scharf.