Martha Cooper  (American, 1943) 


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Martha Cooper Biography
1959 - 1963   Grinnell College, B.A., Grinnell, Iowa
1963 - 1965   Peace Corps Volunteer, Thailand, English teacher
1965 - 1966   Oxford University, England, Graduate Diploma in Ethnology
1967 - 1968   Curatorial Assistant in Anthropology, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1977 - 1980   Staff Photographer, New York Post, New York, NY
1980 - 2010   Freelance photographer shooting for many magazines including National Geographic and Vibe.
Selected Exhibitions
2010   Graffiti NYC: Artists of the Third Rail, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY
Shadow Space,Aiko, Martha Cooper, Gillian Goldstein, Motel7, Koralie, Mickey, Jules Muck, Klor, Queen Andrea, Indie184 and Sherm, Los Angeles, CA
Subway Art, Martha Cooper, Blade and Henry Chalfant, Galerie Bailly Contemporain & Taxie Gallery, Paris, France
2009   Whole In The Wall: 1970 – Now, Hellenbeck Gallery, New York, NY
Martha Cooper, Street Shots, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant and Blade, Black Rat Gallery, London, UK
2008   Gallery Studio Apart: 1958-2008: a fifty-year retrospective, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2002   Missing: Streetscape of a City in Mourning- NY Historical Society, New York, NY
2010   Name Tagging, Martha Cooper
2009   Subway Art: 25th Anniversary Edition by Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant, Thames and Hudson.
2009   Going Postal, Martha Cooper, Mark Batty Publisher
2007   Tag Town: The Evolution of New York Graffiti, Martha Cooper and Tobias Barenthin Lindblad
2007   New York State of Mind, Martha Cooper, Powerhouse
2006   Street Play, Martha Cooper, Powerhouse and MZEE
2005   We B*Girlz, Martha Cooper,Nika Kramer, Rokafella, Powerhouse
2004   Hip Hop Files: Photographs, 1979-1984, Martha Cooper.
2002   R.I.P: Memorial Wall Art (Street Graphics / Street Art) Martha Cooper & Joseph Sciorra, Thames and Hudson, New York, NY
1984   Subway Art (Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant).
  She lives in Manhattan where she is the Director of Photography at City Lore, the New York Center for Urban Folk Culture.