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.
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.
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.