Martha Cooper

"American photojournalist Martha Cooper began shooting graffiti on her way to work at the New York Post in the 1970s. Breaking into train yards and disused lots with the writers, her photographs captured the social decay that spawned today’s culture of bling. What started out as a fascination with an underground world of creativity became a document of hip hop’s rise to world domination." -Huck Magazine

"NYCasitas" featured photographer Martha Cooper's seldom seen 1980's images of casitas, small Caribbean style homes found in Puerto Rico that were recreated on vacant lots throughout the city. Cooper's photos shot in Spanish Harlem, the Bronx, Brooklyn and the Lower East Side, capture the resilient Puerto Rican communities that built these casitas and gardens for social gatherings, birthdays, domino games, cookouts and performances.