Martha Cooper


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Baltimore, Maryland, The United States
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She is perhaps best known for documenting the New York graffiti scene of the 1970s and '80s. Her most known personal work began while working at the New York Post. On her return home from the Post she began taking photos of children in her New York city neighborhood. One day she met a young kid named Edwin who helped expose her to some of the graffiti around her neighborhood. Edwin helped to explain to her that Graffiti is an art form and that each artist 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, the first one who allowed her to accompany him; while Dondi was tagging she would take photos of his art. In the 1980s she put to ...more

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Going Postal

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Name Tagging

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R.I.P.: Memorial Wall Art

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Tag Town

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New York State of Mind

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Remembering 9/11

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Analyzing Public Discourse

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