On the Front Lines: Graffiti's Documenters at MCNY

Photography // Tuesday, June 03, 2014
The Museum of the Coty of New York is hosting a one night only event with legendary photographers Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant, Flint Gennari, and Jon Naar for a conversation about their work documenting graffiti writing in the 1970s and 1980s. The photographers will share evocative images and dramatic stories from the field with moderator and artist/author Jay J.SON Edlin.

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: HENRY CHALFANT's Photographs

Graffiti // Friday, April 12, 2013
Every Friday we feature someone old or new, traditional or unconventional, active or not, and so on. This week highlights the photography of Henry Chalfant, particularly his work from the ‘80s surrounding graffiti culture in New York.

Video: Classic footage of Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant

Graffiti // Thursday, July 19, 2012
Classic video footage recently emerged documenting photographers, Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, during the time they were documenting the subway graffiti scene in New York. The narrator and his slang explanations are worth a laugh. As the narrator states, “Putting spray paint on a subway car is illegal and masterpieces do not “light up the line” for long.  They will be “buffed off” by the transit authority or “ragged” written over by other graffiti writers.”

The Importance Of Documentation

Graffiti // Thursday, May 12, 2011
It's a good thing Henry Chalfant felt inclined to obsessively document the explosive subway graffiti scene in the 80's.  An important reminder to always document the process and the work.  

Futura, Martha Cooper, Fab Five Freddy and others at MOCA's "Art In the Streets"

Street Art // Monday, April 18, 2011
Obviously, the legendary names and artists of New York City were a big part of the story at MOCA's "Art In the Streets," with Futura, Martha Cooper, Blade, Henry Chalfant, Fab 5 Freddy, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Crash, and Freedom having major spaces in the Geffen building, as well as younger talents that later emerged like Dash Snow. More after the jump . . .

April 2011—Juxtapoz' Art In the Streets Issue

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 02, 2011
April 2011 marks a special issue for Juxtapoz Magazine, as we were asked by the MOCA to create a companion issue to the first major instituitional retrospective of street art, Art In the Streets. As we documented street art to a wider-audience of fine art, tattoo, pop-surreal, and illustrative art enthusiasts over our 17 years, we wanted to create an extended dialog and history with graffiti and street art pioneers. More after the jump . . .