An accomplished sculptor, American artist Henry Chalfant (b.1940) is best known for his photography and films that capture the the street art of New York City. Due to the quick turn-around and vanishing nature of street art, especially in the 1970s and 80s, Chalfant's photographs act as the only lasting proof of some of the finest graffiti art that has existed. His work captures the essence of street art and the spirit of youth culture during these times. Chalfant has become a leading authority on subway art and co-produced the PBS documentary film, 'Style Wars' with Tony Silver, New York, 1984. He has also written books on the subject, including 'Subway Art,' Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, Thames and Hudson, London, 1984. Exhibits of his photos include the O.K. Harris Gallery and the landmark ‘New York-New Wave’ show at P.S. l; with other shows being put on by Galerie Speerstra, Paris, France; The Bronx Museum, New York, NY; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, to name a few.
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