Henry Chalfant, ‘Nak Cos’, 1980, CMA: Benefit Auction 2017

Framed Dimensions: 14 1/4" x 61 1/2"

Henry Chalfant
Henry Chalfant is a legendary photographer and filmmaker who is considered one of the foremost chroniclers of hip-hop culture and graffiti art in New York City in the 70s and 80s. Starting out as a sculptor when he first moved to New York, Chalfant turned to documenting subway art, youth culture, and hundreds of ephemeral, original art works that defined the city’s visual culture of the time. His photographs were included in the exhibitions City as Canvas: Graffiti Art From the Martin Wong Collection at the Museum of the City of New York, Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and New York-New Wave at P.S. 1, in addition to galleries and museums in the United States and Europe. He has co-authored the definitive account of New York graffiti art, Subway Art (Holt Rinehart Winston, N.Y. 1984) and a sequel on the art form’s world-wide diffusion, Spray Can Art (Thames and Hudson Inc. London, 1987). His photos are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, and the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. Chalfant also co-produced and did the background research and photo-documentation for the 1983 documentary film, Style Wars, first shown on PBS in 1984.

Signature: Work is signed

Image rights: Courtesy of Eric Firestone Gallery

About Henry Chalfant