Photographs by Martha Cooper, introduction by Carlos Rodriguez.
From Here to Fame, New York, 2006. 120 pp., illustrated throughout,
From the archives of the bestselling photographer who brought the world the Hip Hop Files and Subway Art comes this fantastic never-before-published collection of images charting New York culture before the Hip Hop era. While working as a staff photographer for the New York Post, Cooper habitually drove through the poor neighbourhoods of the Lower East Side that had the richest street life. The photos in Street Play document the creative and indomitable spirit of city kids who were determined to make the best of their inhospitable environment.