Henry Chalfant's photos of legendary graffiti writers is set to go on show soon in America. Henry is widely recognised for documenting the graffiti, rap and breakdance scene in the 80s and early 90s in New York.
Chalfant became interested in graffiti when he arrived in New York in 1973 after graduating from Stanford University. By 1977, he had developed a technique of capturing exposures in rapid succession on his 35mm camera from different positions on the platform, documenting the entire train in multiple, overlapping shots. Apart from capturing photos, Chalfont also co-produced the iconic PBS documentary Style Wars and directed Flyin’ Cut Sleeves, a film that documented South Bronx gangs back in 1993.
Looking back at the beginning of the graffiti era launched in the midst of a tumultuous time in New York City history, Henry Chalfant: Art vs. Transit, 1977-1987 will feature documentation of works no-longer extant by legendary subway writers. Held in Bronx, the fitting location will see photos of iconic writers like Dondi, Futura, Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, Zephyr, SEEN and more.
The exhibition is supported by none other than Supreme, KAWS and Powerhouse Arts and many more prominent entities. You know when these guys get involved its important.
Henry Chalfant’s Art vs. Transit, 1977-1987 exhibition opened today and stays open to the public until 8 March 2020. Check out some shots from the exhibition and defintely give Style Wars a watch!
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
The Bronx, NY 10456