Competition: five copies of Subway Art to be won



For the fourth and final installation in our series of competitions celebrating Thames & Hudson’s 60th anniversary this month, we’re giving readers the chance to win five copies of Subway Art - 25th Anniversary Edition by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant.


The book is a collection of images by photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant documenting the work of graffiti artists in New York City during the early 1980s.


The 25th anniversary edition of the book, first published in 1984, features a new large-format layout, 70 photographs not included in the original edition and new introductions and afterwords by the authors.


This competition has now closed. Congratulations to the winners! Zoran Dragelj from Canada, Joanna Janota from Poland, Matt DeCotiis from the USA, Cindy Liew from  Malaysia, Beatrice Malorgio from Italy.



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Subway Art
25th Anniversary Edition
Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant

In 1984, photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant captured the imagination of a generation with Subway Art, a groundbreaking book documenting the work of graffiti writers who illegally painted subway cars in New York City. 25 years on, the graffiti subculture it chronicled has blossomed into a global art movement, and Subway Art has become the most influential book ever to be published in the genre.


Now – with over half a million copies sold worldwide – the bible of the international street-art movement is back. A new large-format layout heightens the impact of Henry Chalfant’s images of the trains, and lets Martha Cooper’s narrative pictures tell the story.


In new introductions, the authors recall how they gained entry to the New York graffiti community in the 1970s and 1980s and describe the techniques that they used to photograph it.


New afterwords report how the lives of the original subway artists have unfolded, and chronicle the end of the subway graffiti scene in the late 1980s and its unexpected rebirth as a global art movement. The 25th Anniversary Edition is an essential book for all fans of graffiti, stunning photography and 1980s-cool.


Key Sales Information

  • A deluxe anniversary edition of the groundbreaking bible of the international street-art movement.
  • Features over 70 photographs of artists and artworks not included in the original edition.
  • Striking large-format layout celebrates both the artistry of the photographs and the iconic artworks they captured.
  • New text specially commissioned for the 25th anniversary gives an intimate insight into the making of the original Subway Art.



  • ‘Why don’t you photograph graffiti?’
  • ‘If art like this is a crime, let God forgive me’
  • SUBWAY ART 008: ‘We may have lost the trains …but we’ve gained the whole world’



Martha Cooper has contributed the photographs for over twenty books and is Director of Photography at City Lore, the NewYork Center for Urban Folk Culture. Henry Chalfant is President of the Board of Directors at the same institution, and is also the author of Spraycan Art.


Subway Art
25th Anniversary Edition
Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant
Extent: 128pp
Size: 41.9 x 29.2cm
Illustrations: 154 illustrations, 153 in colour
Binding: PLC
Price: £19.95
ISBN 978 0 500 514542


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Posted on Monday May 25th 2009 at 10:00 am by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Xit

    Best book I own, the original graffiti book with all the legends.

  • morgan geist

    Hello this is Morgan

    What a delight to see the new edition of Subway Art.
    I imagine Spraycan Art will follow?
    both seminal works along side Tony Silver’s Style Wars


  • mc Carrera

    this book looks just so i do have a friend that is an artist himself and it´s just like him ! there´s a secret form of art that is emerging…!

  • boffin

    a secret form of art emerging? huh it emerged nearly three decades ago. Martha is a legend! the book is a burner!

  • Rex

    YES, YES, YES! bring it back!!!

  • nice…

  • Madeline Trait

    I love this art, so edgy and so relevant in today’s world.

  • Julia Saint

    What an incredible teaching resource for my teenage art students…