Henry Chalfant

Henry Chalfant (born January 2, 1940 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA) is a well known and highly regarded urban culture photographer and videographer most notable for his graffiti and breakdance photography and film. He is highly regarded for his wide knowledge in hip hop and the underground culture. His photos are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Stanford University who majored in classical Greek, he co-authored the definitive account of New York graffiti art, Subway Art and a sequel on the art form's worldwide diffusion, Spraycan Art. Chalfant co-produced and did the background research and photo-documentation for the 1983 documentary film, Style Wars, first shown on PBS television in 1984. He is one of the foremost authorities on New York subway art. Other films include "Flyin' Cut Sleeves", a documentary about Bronx street gang leaders in the 1970s; "Visit Palestine: Ten Days on the West Bank", based on his visit to the occupied territories in 2000; More recently he has completed a documentary about the South Bronx, "From Mambo to Hip Hop; A south Bronx Tale".


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