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Subway Art (Street Graphics / Street Art) [Special Edition] [Hardcover]

Martha Cooper , Henry Chalfant
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5 May 2009 Street Graphics / Street Art
In 1984, photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant captured the imagination of a generation with Subway Art, a groundbreaking book documenting the work of graffiti writers who illegally painted subway cars in New York City. 25 years on, the graffiti subculture it chronicled has blossomed into a global art movement, and Subway Art has become the most influential book ever to be published in the genre. Now with over half a million copies sold worldwide the bible of the international street-art movement is back. A new large-format layout heightens the impact of Henry Chalfants images of the trains, and lets Martha Coopers narrative pictures tell the story. In new introductions, the authors recall how they gained entry to the New York graffiti community in the 1970s and 1980s and describe the techniques that they used to photograph it. New afterwords report how the lives of the original subway artists have unfolded, and chronicle the end of the subway graffiti scene in the late 1980s and its unexpected rebirth as a global art movement. The 25th Anniversary Edition is an essential book for all fans of graffiti, stunning photography and 1980s-cool.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 25th Anniversary ed edition (5 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500514542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500514542
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 30.2 x 42.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A groundbreaking book that became the bible of the genre' -- The Big Issue

-- Esquire



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5.0 out of 5 stars I've been waiting 25 years for this! 25 Jun 2009
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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After 25 years, Thames & Hudson release the 'director's cut' version, if you will, of the graffiti 'bible'.
First of all I must comment on the size of this book. It's big. It's very big. You know those over-size cards you see at Clinton's Cards and think "who buys those?", well this book is as big as that.
And just as well because it gives you the chance to see a lot of the original pictures in a massive, close-up fashion. It really does them justice. And remember the fold-outs in the original version? Forgetaboutit. They're still here but this time they're almost life-size!

Also included is an update by Henry and Martha with the tales of how they put the original book together as well as a look into what the old school writers did next.

In conclusion then, this book is really an add-on and you do need to have the original version first as the 25th Anniversary Edition doesn't include all the text and pictures from the original.
Also I wish the UK version had the same front cover as the US edition with the famous photo of Dondi between two subway cars. Instead we get a rather inferior, garish cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the bible 24 Dec 2011
what a great version of the classic graffiti book "subway art" in a bumper size that makes the stunning photos look even better. this is a great way to commemorate 25 years since the book that inspired a million writers overnight
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5.0 out of 5 stars revisited book! 30 Oct 2011
I had this book years ago - saw it on here on the 25th edition- have to say if you are interested in the scene this is a great bible to it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 27 Dec 2012
My BF loved it. Its a bit big but really good quality. Very pleased with it, would definitely recommend it:)
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