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Martha Cooper Street Shots 1970 - 2019

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by Lizzie Higgins (subscribe)
A freelance writer, living in Brisbane.
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Immerse yourself in New York street life
New York-based photographer Martha Cooper is renowned for her documentation of street art. A sample of this documentation is currently on display in an exhibition of her work at the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. Images of street art and other subjects displayed against the bare concrete walls of the Powerhouse basement evoke scenes of authentic New York street life.

Martha Cooper Street Shots exhibition
Martha Cooper Street Shots exhibition


What I found most enchanting was her documentation of the spontaneous street play of New York kids in the 1970s, who cobbled together play equipment from discarded objects of the streets.

Martha Cooper Street Shots Exhibition
Martha Cooper Street Play series


Cooper's background in anthropology clearly influenced her day job as a newspaper photographer. She had a keen interest in the arts and crafts of local communities. Her learning about the practice of 'tagging' art by young street artists developed into her documentation of the evolution of street art as it spread around the world.

Martha Cooper Street Shots Exhibition
Martha Cooper Street Shots Exhibition


This exhibition is a taste of Cooper's work in the lead up to the showing in Brisbane in October of a documentary of her life, Martha: A Picture Story. Based on this taste on show at the Powerhouse till 22nd September, I'm keen to delve more into Martha's story and her view on life and the world.
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Why? Explore New York street life
When: Mon 9am–5pm Tue–Sun 9m–9pm
Phone: 61 7 3358 8600
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street New Farm QLD 4005 Australia
Cost: free
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thanks lizzie - looks good.
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