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Henry Chalfant Retrospective at Bronx Museum , by sgolby on Aug 22, 2019 3:02:17 GMT 1, So Henry Chalfant is to Grafitti photography what Henry Diltz is to Rock and Roll photography. While I realize you may not know who Diltz is Either, I will just say this. They were around with a camera, curiosity, and the creative skills necessary to document a movement or a moment in time for future generations. Chalfant was an art student that moved to NYC in the 70's and developed a rapid fire technique for photographing moving trains so as to capture entire bombed trains as they stood on the platform. Anyway below is a link to the kickstarter which still has some pretty rad rewards, as well as the press release and an article in Artforum:
CHALAFANT RETROSPECTIVE KICKSTARTER
Press Release for Chalfant Retrospective:
Henry Chalfant: Art vs. Transit, 1977-1987
September 25, 2019 to March 8, 2020
Widely regarded as one of the most significant documentarians of street art, Henry Chalfant has produced a voluminous body documenting the emergence of the trend since its early days in the Bronx, following its transformation into the international phenomenon it is today.
Chalfant’s photographs are a work of visual anthropology and one of the seminal documents of American popular culture in the late twentieth century. Chalfant became interested in graffiti art when he arrived in New York in 1973, after graduating from Stanford University. By 1977, he had developed a technique of capturing exposures in rapid succession on his 35mm camera from different positions on the platform, documenting the entire train in multiple, overlapping shots.
Looking back at the beginning of the graffiti era launched in the midst of a tumultuous time in New York City history, Henry Chalfant: Art vs. Transit, 1977-1987 will feature documentation of works no-longer extant by legendary subway writers, including Dondi, Futura, Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, Zephyr, and including Bronx legends Blade, Crash, DAZE, Dez, Kel, Mare, SEEN, Skeme, and T-Kid. The exhibition also includes significant and rare historical ephemera and photographs that register the birth of hip hop. Henry Chalfant: Art vs. Transit, 1977-1987 was originally produced for the Centro de Arte Tomás y Valiente in Madrid, Spain, and curated by SUSO33.
About Henry Chalfant
Starting out as a sculptor in New York in the 1970s, Chalfant turned to photography and film to do an in-depth study of hip-hop culture and graffiti art. One of the foremost authorities on New York subway art, and other aspects of urban youth culture, his photographs record hundreds of ephemeral, original artworks that have long since vanished. His archive of over 1,500 photographs is represented exclusively by Eric Firestone Gallery, New York and East Hampton. He co-authored the definitive account of New York graffiti art, Subway Art (Holt Rinehart Winston, N.Y. 1984) and a sequel on the art form's world-wide diffusion, Spray Can Art (Thames and Hudson Inc. London, 1987). Chalfant co-produced the PBS documentary, Style Wars, the definitive documentary about Graffiti and Hip Hop culture and directed Flyin' Cut Sleeves, a documentary on South Bronx gangs, in 1993. He produced and directed Visit Palestine: Ten Days on the West Bank in 2002. His film From Mambo to Hip Hop was featured in the Latino Public Broadcasting series, Voces in 2006-2007, and won an Alma Award for Best Documentary.
Henry Chalfant: Art vs. Transit, 1977-1987 is generously supported by the Eric Firestone Gallery, Hal and Jodi Hess, The Janet and Tony Goldman Family Foundation, KAWS, Michael D. Elkins, Cheryl Milstein, and Powerhouse Arts.
ArtForum Press Release about Kickstarter for the Retropective
The Bronx Museum of the Arts has announced that it is crowdfunding the upcoming exhibition “Henry Chalfant: Art vs. Transit, 1977–1987,” which will feature hundreds of photographs and films made by the American artist, who is one of the foremost documentarians of subway art and urban youth culture.
For its first-ever Kickstarter campaign, the museum is attempting to raise $15,000 in support of the retrospective’s production budget. Donors will receive prizes ranging from a digital copy of Style Wars (1983) a PBS documentary about graffiti and the birth of the hip-hop movement that Chalfant coproduced with Tony Silver, to a “one-of-a-kind” disposable camera and photos the artist took around the Bronx.
Chalfant came to New York in 1973 after graduating from Stanford University. Starting out as a sculptor, he quickly became interested in graffiti art and took up photography to document it. By 1977, he had developed a technique of taking exposures in rapid succession on his 35-mm camera so that he could capture works painted on multiple subway cars as trains passed him on the platform. His archive of more than 1,500 photographs—represented by Eric Firestone Gallery—contains images of works by Crash, Futura, Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, Crash, Mitch 77, Noc 167, SEEN, and T-Kid, among others.
“The exhibition will take visitors back to the epicenter of the 1980s graffiti scene, featuring hundreds of Chalfant’s photographs, a video comprised of eight-hundred images by well-known and under-recognized writers, and a recreation of Henry’s 1980s SoHo studio, where young artists would come together to study Henry’s photographs of their ephemeral art form,” the campaign website reads. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on September 25.