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Henry Chalfant’s Big Subway Archive

Henry Chalfant’s Big Subway Archive

Henry Chalfant takes us into his archive of graffiti photographs from the early ’80s.

Henry Chalfant, aka Henroc, was a sculptor when he first moved to New York City back in the early 1970s. As an artist, he was able to appreciate the wild colors and drips he saw on the sides and insides of subway cars. Actually, he became obsessed with graffiti, so he began to take photographs and document the art movement that literally moved. His photography would help to define and inspire multiple generations via the book Subway Art (which he co-produced with photographer Martha Cooper). Chalfant’s photographs offer sneak-peaks of people, places and things that few were privileged enough to view. Now, you can consider yourself one of the chosen few. Here are Chalfant’s from Mass Appeal Issue #52.

Min, Bilrock and Kel in the City Hall layup, 1983

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Min, Bilrock and Kel in the City Hall layup, 1983

 

Tony Silver and Seen in the 6 yard, The Bronx, 1982

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Tony Silver and Seen in the 6 yard, The Bronx, 1982

 

Duster painting in the 6 yard, The Bronx, 1982.

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Duster painting in the 6 yard, The Bronx, 1982.

 

Cap going over Blade, 180th St. yard, The Bronx, 1982.

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Cap going over Blade, 180th St. yard, The Bronx, 1982.

 

Sane "The Residents", Washington Heights, Manhattan, 1987

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Sane "The Residents", Washington Heights, Manhattan, 1987

 

Sane "Repent or Die", Washington Heights, Manhattan, 1987

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Sane "Repent or Die", Washington Heights, Manhattan, 1987

This story appears in Mass Appeal Issue 52. Read more stories from the issue here.

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