Subway Art

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Subway Art
AuthorMartha Cooper, Henry Chalfant
CountryUnited States

Subway Art is a collaborative book by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, which documents the early history of the New York City graffiti movement. Originally published in 1984, the book has been described as a "landmark photographic history".[1] Known by many as ‘the bible’ of graffiti, Subway Art quickly acquired the dubious accolade of becoming one of the most stolen books in the United Kingdom.[2]

The title is a reference to the New York City Subway, where much of the city's graffiti was set during the late 20th century. The book features artists such as Zephyr, Seen, Kase2, Dondi, and Lady Pink.

The 25th anniversary edition was released in 2009, available in large print measuring 43x30.5 cm.


  1. ^ Kennedy, Randy. "Graffiti of New York's Past, Revived and Remade". New York Times. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  2. ^ Kindynis, Theo (6 April 2018). "Bomb Alert: Graffiti Writing and Urban Space in London". The British Journal of Criminology. 58 (3): 511–528. doi:10.1093/bjc/azx040.