Martha Coopers willingness to travel with cameras in risky areas placed her in the center of the Hip Hop movement. Her dramatic photos are a testament to her courage to carry her cameras into dangerous areas in order to get the shot. Cooper photographed kids in their own world: playing, exploring, being creative. Fortunately, Martha was at the right place at the right time to document yound people creating the music, dance and art that became known worldwide.
"Martys pictures capture the exact moment when Hip Hop traveled from Bronx uptown, downtown to the Manhatten nightclub and gallery scene. The photos and movies were suddenly in the works and "discovered" by the press/through her pictures) and then seen by the rest of the world." Charly Ahearn