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Henry Chalfant's Graffiti Archive Vol. 1

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

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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

A Superb Publication

This iBook is an excellent compliment to the many other print releases that have been published over the years. And it's not really "big", it's massive! Be prepared, the full DL takes up just under 1GB. If you enjoy hardcover graffiti showcase classics from Martha Cooper you will definitely enjoy seeing how fresh the images look on the iPad screen. I think it elevates the impact of the bright and vibrant imagery to have the flexibility of the digital platform. I would also strongly disagree with anybody who suggests that Mr. Chalfant is not entitled to publish his own creative property as he sees fit. His photographs OF the graffiti are no less of a valid and unique artistic enterprise than the graffiti itself. The basic intention of street art is to aggressively harness the power of the public forum where millions of people, including the artists themselves, would have had the opportunity to view and photograph the final product. Besides, the size of the archive is an excellent value for the price. An excellent buy.

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!

big subway archives

Mr. Chalfant has held these artist's work/images hostage for 30 years. Sadly a number of the artists have passed away.
He now is showing this work on an exclusive platform instead of posting it on the internet for all to see. This art was created for the people by the people, not by the photographers. This Art is not a Crime and GREED does not have an expiration date..........MW

Henry Chalfant's Graffiti Archive Vol. 1
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  • $5.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Art & Architecture
  • Published: Jun 29, 2012
  • Publisher: Sleeping Dog Films
  • Seller: Henry Chalfant
  • Print Length: 200 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.1
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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