Ephemeral, exclusive, illegal. Rebellious, provocative and competitive. This was the new, popularised art form that flared up on the trains crossing the length and breadth of New York City, which was celebrated in ‘Subway Art’, the famous book by Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper.
Fifty years have passed since the first name was written on the metro on the other side of the world, and yet in Rome the trains continue, inexorably, to be painted, still running with more or less the same large, colourful and decipherable lettering.
The Roma Subway Art book covers thirty years of graffiti on Rome's subway on 434 pages. It contains 90 stories of the scene's most prolific writers. The introspective journey is enriched by hundreds of secret archives and by numerous photographs by internationally renowned photographers who have followed and documented the cultural phenomenon since the early days - and which seems to have no end despite tighter control and stricter penalties.
Must have book!
Hardcover, Format: 25x 20cm, 434 pages, Text: English.