Martha: A Picture Story

Martha: A Picture Story

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Martha: A Picture Story

Director Selina Miles follows iconic graffiti photographer Martha Cooper for a year and a half in this documentary portrait.

"Selina Miles’ film is a portrait of photographer Martha Cooper, who, with inimitable energy and a sharp eye recorded images of New York City in the 1970s and 1980s — eras when the city’s vibrancy was deemed dangerous. Cooper’s images of graffiti and hip hop culture showcased a joyous street life that now exists simply as frozen smiles in a city transformed by real estate greed. Cooper is a multifaceted creative who trespasses into Berlin’s U-Banh to shoot an illegal graffiti art attack. The film is a kaleidoscopic record of her kinetic output. Although adored by countless fans of her graffiti books that include American b-boys and younger European taggers, Martha: A Picture Story also functions as testament to a female artist who broke new pictorial ground highlighting a grassroots art movement that was later embraced by mainstream culture, while remaining steadfast to be recognised on as more than just a graffiti photographer." (Tribeca Film Festival)

2019Rating: M84 minsUSA
Documentary
Director:
Selina Miles (feature debut)
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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

[A] thoroughly engaging documentary profile by Australian filmmaker Selina Miles...

4.0
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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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Directed with infectious zeal, it's a photographer bio-doc that always feels to be in motion, especially given its excellent editing, fascinating subject, and narrative ambition.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A joyous look at a career devoted to witnessing everyday life.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

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At 76 she’s still quite a trooper, and this film – a visual document of visual documents – is an interesting testament to the massive archive she’s accrued in a lifetime of restless creative energy and observation.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

[A] thoroughly engaging documentary profile by Australian filmmaker Selina Miles...

4.0
0
RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Directed with infectious zeal, it's a photographer bio-doc that always feels to be in motion, especially given its excellent editing, fascinating subject, and narrative ambition.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A joyous look at a career devoted to witnessing everyday life.

1
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

At 76 she’s still quite a trooper, and this film – a visual document of visual documents – is an interesting testament to the massive archive she’s accrued in a lifetime of restless creative energy and observation.

1