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Martha Cooper began photographing the street as a child in Baltimore. She delved into the Lower East Side in the 1970s and 80s, photographing children in what came to be her book Street Play. Developing intimate relationships with the first players of the graffiti scene, she tirelessly captured the movement at its birth, when there was little attention given to the art, and eventually produced the seminal work, Subway Art. She has since been published in National Geographic, Natural History and Vibe. Currently on a project in Sowebo, Baltimore, Martha lives and works in Manhattan.