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Henry Chalfant's Graffiti Archive Vol. 1

New York City's Subway Art & Artists: CYA and TVS

Henry Chalfant & Max Hergenrother

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Henry Chalfant's Graffiti Archive is a work of visual anthropology and one of the seminal documents of American popular culture in the late twentieth century.  The original artworks depicted here, which have been the inspiration and guide for thousands of youthful artists around the world,  were never able to endure for long before the city cleaned the cars, or the artists' enemies crossed them out.  Chalfant's patience and determination in hunting down and capturing these masterpieces with his camera has left the world with a representative cross section of some of the best work by the most talented young artists who painted New York City's subway cars in the seventies and eighties, the golden age of graffiti.   A handful of Chalfant's photos have been featured in such books as Subway Art and films like Style Wars.  Now for the first time, the entire collection will be made available, released serially over the next year until all 800 trains have been published.


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Customer Reviews

Unequaled Photographic Archive

The photographs and video interviews in this book represent an unparalleled archive of street art and the birth of the last significant American sub-culture of the 20th century. Beautiful stuff.

Could use a little more text (context).

This is it! This is it!

For those looking for classic Graffiti pics this book is it! Henry is a legend in the NYC graffiti world and this piece accompanies all of his previously published work nicely! I would love it if all photos could be enlarged but the new videos more than make up for that minor criticism. Thank you Henry!

In our own words In our own style.

A fantastic and historical archive on the prodigious and prolific subway graffiti art movement which evolved into a full blown modern art collective around the world. Herein is a collection a huge sampling of its DNA of some of its most influential Style Masters who learned the dark arts from generations past. Henry Chalfant has had the privilege to witness and document the movement through photography and personal relationships with the writers themselves affording us a window not just into the art but to the thoughts about the creative process, the obstacles and dangers.

Graffiti subway art and the street art that it was gave birth to the modern democracy of art making, predating Haring, Basquiat, Fairey and Banksy, these photos will show how unique and revolutionary the movement was and was becoming before the 'great buff' and the 'style wars'.

A must have for enthusiast, educators and art historians.

-Carlos Mare

Henry Chalfant's Graffiti Archive Vol. 1
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  • $5.99
  • Available on iPad and Mac.
  • Category: Art & Architecture
  • Published: Jun 29, 2012
  • Publisher: Sleeping Dog Films
  • Seller: Henry Chalfant
  • Print Length: 200 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5.0 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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