For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been fully immersed in the 2010 revised edition of the quintessential NYC graffiti book, Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC (Gingko Press) by James T. and Karla L. Murray.
As you may know from my other posts about graffiti culture, James and Karla Murray are staples of the graffiti world and have been photographing the art and the people behind the art since the 1980′s. They are respected in the international graffiti scene and have gained the trust of many artists who are pushing the urban artform into new spaces and places. In the latest revision to their book which was first published in 2002, James and Karla Murray add about 70 more pages of full-color artwork and interviews that were not present in the original production of the book. The result is still one of the most comprehensive books on graffiti history and culture, with sections dedicated to the type of paint, the crews, the women, the subway, the fights, and the legality of it all. And each section comes with plenty of interviews and pictures to almost make you an expert in the field by the time you finish the book.
If there’s one graffiti book you should have in your collection, it’s definitely this one. Grab a copy of Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC now for $29 (a great deal since the book normally costs $40).
If you want to see more from the book, check out the gallery below.