Martha Cooper



Interview by Canbra Hodsdon
Illustration by Ariel Roman
Photos provided by Martha Cooper


Since she could hold a camera, street photographer Martha Cooper has been bringing attention to the artistic subcultures in American cities that are often overlooked by the everyday passersby. Through her photography she has shown viewers the art that lies beneath seemingly impulsive urban graffiti and found inspiration in the thought behind each work. Cooper also provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of NYC’s residents through her engaging street photography. With a background in anthropology, Cooper has an acute eye for the human condition and a skilled talent for visually drawing the viewer into each scene she photographs. Widely known for her images of the New York City graffiti subculture in the 1970s and 80s, Cooper’s work has appeared in publications such as the New York Post, National Geographic, and Smithsonian Magazine.


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