The Legendary Street Art Photographer
Martha Cooper is an American photojournalist born in the 1940s in Baltimore, Maryland where she picked up photography at the age of three. She graduated from high school at the age of 16, earned an art degree at age 19 from Grinnell College.
She taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, journeyed by motorcycle from Krungthep to London and received an ethnology diploma from Oxford. She worked as a staff photographer for the New York Post during the 1970s.
She is specialized in shooting graffiti and street art for over thirty-five years. After so many years of photographing elevated subway lines or bombed-out neighbourhoods, she still steps out on the street with hunger for discovery. She is constantly searching for little details and lets herself to be directed by the art on walls, walking in unknown alleys, so she can provide a filler visual understanding of the artworks at the times.
You can follow her travels on Instagram @marthacoopergram.