Martha Cooper

New York / USA

Martha Cooper, hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, is quite possibly one of the most respected names in photojournalism. A legend in New York, Martha was one of the earliest photographers to document the New York graffiti scene in the 70’s and 80’s. A long-time friend of URBAN NATION, Martha Cooper has been involved in countless projects from ‘Snap Wrap’ in 2016, to her involvement in Project M/3 in 2014 and to this day, UBRAN NATION has proudly built the Martha Cooper Library where Martha has donated her invaluable books to create an bona fide archive of urban contemporary art. […]

Biography / Martha Cooper

Martha Cooper, hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, is quite possibly one of the most respected names in photojournalism. A legend in New York, Martha was one of the earliest photographers to document the New York graffiti scene in the 70’s and 80’s. A long-time friend of URBAN NATION, Martha Cooper has been involved in countless projects from ‘Snap Wrap’ in 2016, to her involvement in Project M/3 in 2014 and to this day, UBRAN NATION has proudly built the Martha Cooper Library where Martha has donated her invaluable books to create an bona fide archive of urban contemporary art.

Moving to New York in the early 70’s where she first worked as a photographer for the New York Post, she met a young artist by the name of He3 who introduced her to graffiti around the neighbourhood, to where she was introduced to graffiti legend, Dondi. It was at this point where she accompanied him and documented graffiti layups and spots across New York.

Later in her career, she joined forces with follow photographer, videographer and legend, Henry Chalfant and published what became a graffiti and street art bible, ‘Subway Art’ in 1984 which when on to sell over a half a million copies to this day. More recently, Martha still takes photographs and runs exhibitions across the globe, but for the most part, she still enjoys taking pictures of street art in her own city of New York.

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BE PART OF THE UNIQUE URBAN NATION MARTHA COOPER LIBRARY!
ARTISTS, ART LOVERS AND COLLECTORS – WATCH OUT! Here is our storybook film, real life rendering and first look at the Martha Cooper Library inside the URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART, that will open in Berlin mid-2017. The