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Martha: A Picture Story

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

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Three decades after publishing her debut book New York photographer Martha Cooper discovers that she’s become an unexpected icon

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Directed by Selina Miles

Documentary/ Australia, USA/ 81 mins

Strand: Arty

UK Premiere

Screening: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 18:00 | Thurs, 26 Sept 15:30

Review:

Martha Cooper likes to take pictures of what she sees. Contriving images for glossy mags, even when that mag happens to be National Geographic, has never been her bag. She’s a street photographer, she shoots what she sees. She just happens to see more than the average punter. In the 1970s she was one of the few photographers to see one of the most ubiquitous public art movements in New York history - graffiti.

Maligned by the powers that be as rampant vandalism and a symptom of a crime-soaked city, Martha saw past the criminality and saw expression, colour, identity: art. She started to take pictures of graffiti-covered trains as they sailed across New York. She met with the street artists and befriended them. She even published a book of her photography, charting the graffiti culture. She was ignored then but has since attained cult status among street artists worldwide. Recognition in the male-dominated world of photography still awaits, but as this documentary reveals, she’s not in it for the fame. A warm and heartfelt documentary about a woman following her passion against the odds, with the rest of the world catching up just in time. / Reviewed by Milo Garner

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Credits: Director: Selina Miles

Writer: Selina Miles

Executive Producer: Jennifer Peedom

Producers: Daniel Joyce, Bethany Bruce (Co-Producer)

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

United Kingdom

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