In 1970s New York, photographer Martha Cooper captured some of the first images of graffiti at a time when the city had declared war on it. Decades later, Cooper has become influential to the global movement of street artists.


Selina Miles


Davis Coombe (Story Consultant), Drew Macdonald (Story Consultant)
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Colin Cassidy ... News Reporter and Anchorman (voice)
Martha Cooper Martha Cooper ... Self


In 1970s New York, Martha Cooper captured the birth of the global graffiti art movement. Decades later, she is celebrated as the an icon, and at 75 years of age she continues to document not only the dynamic street art and graffiti movement but has also produced decades of photographs that capture the humanity and joy of people living on the fringes of society, within subcultures that, if not for Martha, would remain unseen. Written by Projector Films

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Absolute must see
2 December 2020 | by chenry215See all my reviews

I stumbled across this after originally sitting down to watch the Goldie documentary The Art That Made Me. Sky showed this straight after so it was a double whammy of graffiti/street art/hip hop culture heaven. Both are must see for various reasons. I was part of the London graffiti movement back in the 80s and Subway Art to me (and dare I say every other aspiring writer at that time) is to what the bible is to religious people..To see the story behind Martha Cooper and what she's been through to chronicle one of the biggest cultural movements in history is extraordinary. The fact she is still taking risks to capture the lengths to what writers go to to "get up" has to be applauded. She deserves even more props due to her still being super active when most people of her age are thinking of putting their feet up and enjoying the latter years of their lives peacefully. She is graffiti. And the funny thing is you wouldn't even know it when you first see her! An amazing woman. Brilliant documentary..

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