Martha Cooper

Born in 1942 - United States


Martha Cooper is a photojournalist born in Baltimore in 1942. She lives and works in Manhattan. She specialized in art and architecture and was the first to document the early hours of the breakdance and graffiti culture in New York.

Starting in 1977, she workd for the New York Post for 3 years. It was during this time that she started to shoot photos of graffiti and breakdancersand the beginnings of hip-hop in the Bronx. Martha Cooper's books are bibles of hip-hop, graffiti, breakdance and the subversive cultures of the '70s, including Subway art, RIP Memorial wall art, We B*Girlz, Street Play, New York State of Mind, Tag Town, and Going Postal.

Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world and published in numerous magazines, from National Geographic to Vibe. Martha Cooper was also a director of photography for City Lore.

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Martha Cooper : Remix - Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art, Culver City, CA
Martha Cooper - INOPERAblE, Vienna
Martha Cooper: We B*Girlz & 25 Years Subway Art - Stadsgalerij Heerlen, Heerlen


Language of the Wall - Pera Museum, Istanbul
Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2014 - Pow! Wow! Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Intestine King's Probiotic Drink - Yo Gallery, Taipei
NuArt Festival 2013 - NuArt Festival, Stavanger
10 Years Wooster Collective 2003 – 2013 - Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY
Santurce es Ley 4 - Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce
Z.U.C : Zone Urbaine Créative | Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant & Jamel Shabazz - l’Arsenal de Metz, Metz
Outside In - Reed Projects gallery, Stavanger
Outside In: International Urban Art Exhibition - Reed Projects gallery, Stavanger
Art in the Streets - The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
UrbanArt Graffiti 21 - Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte - Europäisches Zentrum für Kunst und Industriekultur, Völklingen
Wilde Zeichen - forum frohner, Krems
Graffiti NYC - Artists of the Third Rail - Benrimon Contemporary, New York City, NY
Sweet Things - Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Urban Archives: That was then this is now - Bronx Museum of the Arts (BxMA), New York City, NY
Time Changes - Calm & Punk Gallery, Tokyo
Session the Bowl - Deitch Projects - 76 Grand Street, New York City, NY
self-portrait - Le Case d'Arte, Milan
In Transit - New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY

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