Martha Cooper was one of the closing speakers at Carbon, in Melbourne this weekend. It was really inspiring to watch her and Henry Chalfant reminisce about documenting the New York graffiti scene but my favourite work from her slide show was a project called “Soweto/Sowebo”.
In this photo series she compares two cities, Soweto – a city in South Africa, and Sowebo – a nickname for Southwest Baltimore. When I asked her about it she said she’s heading back to Soweto to continue shooting!
I can’t post this without also mentioning what lovely people she and Henry are. Henry actually came over and said some really encouraging things to me after my presentation, it was incredibly humbling!
Have a look at the images below!