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For the Love of Subway Art

Subway Art is one of the main reasons graffiti became a global phenomenon. For everyone that didn’t grow up in New York City and even for those that did, Subway Art became their main source of inspiration.
—Shepard Fairey, Los Angeles

Brazil was always late getting information about graffiti. We remember the first time we saw “Subway Art” was in 1988 or ’89. A friend showed us the book, and we went crazy! He wouldn’t leave the book with us, so we made a photocopy… every single small photo was “Big” for us… We’ve always been glad for “Subway Art” and its influence on all the writers around the world!
—Os Gemeos, Brazil

People from all over the world have wanted to meet me because of Subway Art. There’s no question that this book has changed the course of art history on this planet.
—Blade One, New York City

During the 1970s and 80s, photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant captured the environment and the imagination of a generation by documenting the burgeoning New York City graffiti movement. Now 25 years and more than a half a million copies later, their bestselling book Subway Art will release this spring. We just received the advance copies of the book and they are spectacular!

In this new large-format edition you’ll find

• 70 Additional Images in a deluxe over-size format

• 150 full-color photographs

• New introductions and afterword, highlighting where the artists and authors are now

Here are a few spreads from inside the book.

Want to win a copy of Subway Art before it is available anywhere? Add a comment below and tell us about your favorite graffiti/hip hop/pop culture blog. Five winners will be randomly chosen to win Subway Art. Deadline is Friday, March 13th at midnight.

And for your reading and viewing pleasure:

Great blog just posted this week at Swindle Magazine.

Martha Cooper is now a guest blogger at 12ozProphet.

View a trailer of Henry Chalfant’s Style Wars.


The 1000 Journal Project Film is now up on Netflix!

The 1000 Journals Project continues to roll along with lots of activity coming up in the next few months.

The 1000 Journals exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is up until April 5.

The 1000 Journals Project film will screen at the Salem (MA) Film Fest on Sunday, 03/01 and at the SFMOMA and in Durango (CO) on Thursday, 03/05.

The film is also available on Netflix! So add it to your queue.

And if you want to take it home permanently, go to

There’s lots of information about the film and upcoming screenings on, including a new and expanded trailer.

For more information about The 1000 Journal Project visit


If You Are In Birmingham, AL

Join RICHARD SEXTON at and opening and book signing tonight at the Jennifer Hunt Gallery.

Friday, February 27 | 6–8 pm

The exhibition will run until April 4, 2009 and will include images from:

Terra Incognita: Photographs of America’s Third Coast
Vestiges of Grandeur: The Plantations of Louisiana’s River Road

Gallery hours:
Tuesday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm and by appointment

For More Information: 205.972.3232

Location: 2800 Cahaba Village Plaza, Suite 260 | Birmingham, AL 35243

Richard Sexton, Main Parlor, Home Place Plantation
In collaboration with A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans

Patti Quill
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