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From the Platform 1 & 2 (Two Book Bundle)

Paul Cavalieri aka CAVS AUD $135.00

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This bundle offers a great way to get your hands on both ‘From the Platform: Subway Graffiti’ books at a discounted price.

From the Platform: Subway Graffiti, 1983-1989
From the Platform 2: More NYC Subway Graffiti, 1983-1989

About From the Platform: Subway Graffiti, 1983-1989:

See the New York City transit system at a time the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has tried hard to forget. In the early 80s, graffiti writer Paul Cavalieri, who writes “CAVS,” was drawn to the colourful tags on trains. He started learning train schedules so he could snap works by many writers of the time. This is a compilation of subway graffiti from 1983 to 1989, when the MTA announced that its fleet was entirely graffiti-free. More than 325 colour photos capture everything from motion-bombed train interiors riddled with pilot marker tags to epic works covering whole exteriors, top to bottom. Artists tell their tales of adventure throughout and reminisce about working on live third rails, navigating the complex subway system to find their works, and witnessing graffiti’s gradual disappearance from the trains. This book presents a nostalgic look at 1980s New York City and the street artists that gave it soul.

Published June 2011 by Schiffer Publishing

About From the Platform 2: More NYC Subway Graffiti, 1983-1989:

This is a nostalgic, visual account of the best time and place to be a graffiti writer. In the 1980s, brothers Kenny, a.k.a. KEY, and Paul, a.k.a. CAVS, immersed themselves in the graffiti scene in the Boogie Down Bronx, dutifully photographing hundreds of pieces on now-discontinued MTA subway cars and capturing their proud comrades before, during, and after the act. ‘Bombing’ ‘White Elephants’ with their pilot markers and documenting them with their cameras, which they always carried, they were on the ride of their lives—until 1989, when the last painted train was removed from service. Tags by names like QUIK, IZTHEWIZ, and many others appear here in colour exposures, and dozens of artists share stories and drop knowledge with no filter. A foreword by graffiti historian Henry Chalfant, coproducer of Style Wars—the seminal documentary on New York graffiti and hip-hop culture—kicks things off.

Published September 2017 by Schiffer Books

About the authors:
Brothers Paul (CAVS) and Kenny (KEY) Cavalieri, from the Wakefield area of the Boogie Down Bronx, began taking photos of trains in 1983. East 238th street train station was the beginning of their seven-year journey on the lines. East Tremont train station on the 2 and 5 lines was the best place to take pictures. A lot of time and money was spent on film just to take pictures on the subway platforms. But they were determined to get their pictures, regardless of how long they had to wait: from dusk to dawn, in frigid winters, and ‘hot town summer in the city’.


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Additional information

Weight 2475 g
Dimensions 279 × 216 × 46 mm

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