Early NY Subway Graffiti 1973-1975 by Keith Baugh

Posted on December 29, 2010

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Early New York Subway Graffiti 1973-1975 by Keith Baugh

Keith Baugh captures this cultural phenomenon
Shooting his photos mostly from NYC tracks, high above the action, Keith Baugh made himself a fly on the wall in the early 1970’s. Fortunately for us this English painter and photographer had chosen the same walls as some of the most notorious graffiti legends. Keith’s photographs, from what is now recognized as the ‘Golden Era’ of graffiti writing, have just been published in a hard-back book ‘Early New York Subway Graffiti 1973-1975.

In the introduction to the book, Sami Montague, editor in chief at Graphotism wrote:

What Keith, a total outsider to the actual creation of graffiti on the New York subway system, did was amazing. He took photos of what very few other people bothered or cared to do. He recognized that what he was seeing on the sides of the trains was something exceptional and new and as a result of this unusual sensitivity he took the time to capture for posterity the very ephemeral art that we now know as train writing.”

Carpet-bomb turns into a magic carpet ride
He had intended to photograph roadside ephemera including advertising signs and billboards alongside classic American cars as a source material for a series of paintings in the summers of 1973 and 1975. On the subway ride from JFK to Manhattan, his plan suddenly changed. He was overwhelmed by the spray paint covered windows and the marker covered walls of the carpet-
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