Martha Cooper

Martha Cooper is perhaps best known for documenting the New York graffiti scene of the 1970s and '80s. While working at the New York Post, the return home at the end of the day consisted of taking photos of children in the city.

One day she met a child named Edwin who had introduced her to graffiti. Edwin explained to her that Graffiti is an art form and that each kid was actually writing his/her nickname. Edwin then proceeded to tell of the Graffiti King and asked if she would like to meet him. This is when Martha met Dondi who was the first one who allowed her come with, while Dondi was tagging she would take photos of his art.

In the 1980s she put together a book of photos illustrating the Graffiti subculture called SUBWAY ART.