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04.25.14 Bucky Turco

“I think people world rather see this,” ELLE tells ANIMAL, as she swaps a bus shelter ad with a monochrome self-portrait, swiftly and cheerfully. Just like that, she’s done and we head over to Brooklyn’s MECKA Gallery to meet the legendary street photographer Martha Cooper. Their collaborative art show “Unextinguished” opens this Saturday. For the show, ELLE […]

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07.23.13 Andy Cush

Before there was Humans of New York, before there was The Sartorialist, there were these guys: OG photographers like Ricky Powell, Martha Cooper, Jamel Shabazz, and Jamel Freedman, who captured the raw, beating heart of New York in decades past through its artists, graffiti writers, junkies, and street people. Everybody Street, a new documentary featuring the […]

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03.09.13 Marina Galperina

Today is Martha Cooper’s birthday. In tribute to the stalwart graffiti photographer, LADY PINK, HOW, NOSM, FREE5, TERROR161, CRASH, DAZE, BIO, FREEDOM and other graffiti writers are currently working on this mural, to be finished later today. The mural was a surprise. They told Martha to come by 12 and there it was. “It’s more […]

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05.16.12 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s new series asks photographers about that one shot that got away. This week, Martha Cooper describes a would-be portrait of Mary Jo Kopechne, who died in a car crashed by Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy in 1969. […]

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11.28.11 Marina Galperina

Deep in an undisclosed location below the streets of Paris, the Underbelly Project lives again. Since Brooklyn’s temporarily secret guerrilla art gallery saw 100 graffiti and street artists, the French edition’s crew has been downsized to ten (FUTURA, SABER, more) plus a small flock of photographers and organizers. […]

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12.29.10 Bucky Turco

Martha Cooper, a photographer who made a career out of shooting graffiti, isn’t happy about the recent vandalism done to Kenny Scharf’s mural. She said the writers were “mean-spirited and heartless.” To articulate her point, she showed a vintage photo of the wall from 1983 featuring the artist’s work, among others, that’s even more bombed […]

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11.24.10 Bucky Turco

So, permission was given to a very active graffiti writer to bomb the TWIST mural on Houston Street, it was given by the artist himself. The Hole Gallery, which is now responsible for curating the wall, said Barry McGee asked one “his local friends to do a SACE tribute,” before the wall undergoes another seasonal […]

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04.28.10 Marina Galperina

He’s everywhere! In addition to the Deitch mural and a COPE2 collabo in the Bronx, an oversized wheatpaste piece just popped up in SoHo, based on this Martha Cooper photograph of impoverished youth. There’s also this freshly wallpapered room at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and an OBEY pop up store. Then there’s an 80 […]

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02.19.10 Bucky Turco

Rochester’s The Sweetmeat Co. created an art piece depicting female graffiti pioneer LADY PINK as a saint that was based in part on a NYC subway photo taken by Martha Cooper back in 1982. And while she normally doesn’t like when people use her work without her permission, in this case, is more than willing […]

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09.30.09 Will Sherman

Unlike Krink’s limited edition fire extinguisher full of paint, this Fumakaka’s high-pressure means of “creative expression” won’t cost much of anything. Photographer Martha Cooper returns from Bogota where the Peruvian graffiti crew was offering a “master class” and open source illustrated plans for building the Sembrador de Terror aka the Terror Planter. Constructed with common […]

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