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Wall in New York covered with hundreds of red tags

Wall in New York covered with hundreds of red tags

Barry McGee - Mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Barry McGee – Detail of mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
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In August 2010 Barry McGee (aka Twist) and Josh Lazcano (aka Amaze) painted a mural on the iconic corner of Houston & Bowery in New York’s Lower East Side, covering the wall with hundreds of red tags, filling it up with the names and crews of different graffiti writers.

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Unusual graffiti: 200+ diary pages in NYC subway tunnels

Unusual graffiti: 200+ diary pages in NYC subway tunnels

Revs - Autobiography in NY subway tunnel - Page 60

Revs - Graffiti Autobiography in NY subway tunnel - Page 1
RevsPage 1 of many, Subway tunnel, New York, USA

Those who grew up or lived in New York during the late 1980s and early 1990s must have seen the famous four letters that would be seen on walls all over the place; Revs. Everywhere you looked, on trash cans, telephone booths and poles the distinct graffiti had dominated the city. Revs was at the time the most outstanding graffiti writer in the streets of New York and whether you liked it or not, his tags would be seen from the edge of the eyes, making it visible subconsciously.

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How the New York Subway looked in the 1980s

How the New York Subway looked in the 1980s

Christopher Morris - NYC - Subway 1981 - 15

22-years-old at the time, Christopher Morris was working as an intern at photo agency Black Star and was determined to make something of himself as a photographer. According to the agency, the recently rediscovered photographs “provide a window on a long-gone New York, a metropolis that once pulsed with a very different energy—a frenetic, dangerous tone—than one feels in most of the city’s neighborhoods today. But even back then, as Morris’ pictures attest, Gotham remained an always fascinating and, at times, disarmingly beautiful place.”

About Christopher Morris

Christopher Morris, based in Paris, was born in California in 1958 and began his career as a documentary conflict photographer working almost exclusively for TIME Magazine, where he has been on contract since 1990. He has been credited with redefining political coverage in America during his years working at the White House for TIME Magazine from 2000 till 2009. Simultaneously to his career as a photojournalist, Morris has expanded his work into the fashion world.

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A woman walks through a heavily graffitied subway car, 1981.

Commuters wait for a train at 168th Street station in Manhattan, 1981.
Commuters wait for a train at 168th Street station in Manhattan, 1981.

A commuter reading, 1981.
A commuter reading, 1981

A group of teens pose on the 6 train in the South Bronx, 1981.
A group of teens pose on the 6 train in the South Bronx, 1981

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More senseless graffiti by Japanese artist duo

More senseless graffiti by Japanese artist duo

Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno, Senseless drawing bot 2
Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno, Senseless Drawing Bot #2

Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno, Senseless drawing bot 2
Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno, Senseless Drawing Bot #2

After version #1 of their Senseless Drawing Bot, Japanese artist duo Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno release the second version that comes with a very similar concept and a few technical changes.


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This is why Keith Haring got arrested numerous times

This is why Keith Haring got arrested numerous times

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Keith Haring – Subway Drawings

In the early 1980s Keith Haring created hundreds of drawings in the New York subway system. He used chalk to paint on unused advertising space, which was covered with black sheets of paper. Haring was caught and fined numerous times.

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Sexy and scary photos from the 1980s in the NYC subway

Sexy and scary photos from the 1980s in the NYC subway

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Bruce Davidson - Subway Series (New York)
Bruce DavidsonSubway, 1980

New York, at the beginning of the 1980s. A gloomy urban sprawl between hedonism and abyss. The subway, in its dilapidated state, is a hazardous place. Fires in tunnels, muggings, murder and drug trafficking are the order of the day; overcrowded wagons, frequent delays, graffiti and dirt everywhere. The journey with public transport is a nightmare. The photographer Bruce Davidson (b. 1933) boards the train, immerses himself in the raging, rattling hustle and bustle of the city and portraits the passengers between uniformity and diversity, anonymity and intimacy, depression and inspiration. Whether lovers, musicians, homeless people, tourists or business people – in the subway and its passengers he finds the perfect metaphor for life in the metropolis with its aggression and ugliness, its hope and humanity.

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Two of the most famous graffiti photographers meet, presented by Public Delivery (photos)

Two of the most famous graffiti photographers meet, presented by Public Delivery (photos)

Martha Cooper - Nils Müller @The Gallerian

This Saturday the exhibition of Martha Cooper and Nils Müller opened. The exhibition is running until the 8th of January, 2011.

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