Martha Cooper is an American photojournalist born in the 1940s. She earned an art degree at age 19 from Grinnell College.
She taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand, journeyed by motorcycle from Bangkok to London and received an ethnology diploma from Oxford.
She is perhaps best known for documenting the New York graffiti scene of the 1970s and '80s. She has degrees in art and anthropology.
She was a photography intern at National Geographic magazine in the 1960s, and worked as a staff photographer at the NY Post in the 1970s.
Her photographs have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian and Natural History Magazines as well as several dozen books and journals. She is the Director of Photography at City Lore, the New York Center for Urban Folk Culture. Cooper lives in Manhattan but is working on a photo project in Sowebo, a Southwest Baltimore neighborhood.