Rare inscribed first US edition of one of the best known and most important books on street art ever written.
"For David who knows how difficult it is to photograph subjects without their permission!"
A defining document of NYC graffiti, SUBWAY ART both captured and celebrated this ephemeral and controversial art form. Cooper and Chalfant were each independently documenting the scene when they met and decided to team on this classic, with Cooper's photojournalistic approach pairing perfectly with Chalfant's more artistic framings of such groundbreaking writers as Dondi, Lady Pink, Daze, Futura and Seen. Originally published in the UK the same year by Thames and Hudson, it was this edition that made the book famous and influential, with dog-eared copies passed from artist to artist. Its reputation remains undiminished, and has sold more than half a million copies across numerous editions. Decidedly uncommon in its first printing, especially in such beautiful condition and with so revealing and appropriate an inscription.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1984). 11" x 8.5". Original color photographic wraps. 104 pages. Inscribed by Martha ("Marty") Copper: "For David who / knows how difficult it / is to photograph subjects / without their permission! / Good luck on future / projects & collaborations. / Marty." Uncommonly bright and sharp.
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