Henry Chalfant (born January 2, 1940 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, United States) is an American photographer and videographer most notable for his work on graffiti, breakdance, and hip hop culture.
Starting out as a sculptor in New York in the 1970s, Chalfant turned to photography and film to do an in-depth study of hip-hop culture and graffiti art. One of the foremost authorities on New York subway art and other aspects of urban youth culture, his photographs record hundreds of ephemeral, original art works that have long since vanished.
Exhibits of his photos include the O.K. Harris Gallery and the landmark ‘New York-New Wave’ show at P.S. l, and important galleries and museums in Europe. He has co-authored the definitive account of New York graffiti art, Subway Art (Holt Rinehart Winston, N.Y. 1984) and a sequel on the art form’s world-wide diffusion, Spray Can Art (Thames and Hudson Inc. London, 1987).
Chalfant co-produced the PBS documentary, Style Wars, the definitive documentary about Graffiti and Hip Hop culture and directed Flyin’ Cut Sleeves, a documentary on South Bronx gangs, in 1993. He produced and directed Visit Palestine: Ten Days on the West Bank in 2002. His film From Mambo to Hip Hop was featured in the Latino Public Broadcasting series, Voces in 2006-2007, and won an Alma Award for Best Documentary.
Chalfant is a resident of New York City with his wife Kathleen, an actress. They have two children, David, a musician and producer, and Andromache, a set designer. He continues to make documentary films about urban popular culture.
|2012||Z.U.C : Zone Urbaine Créative||Arsenal de Metz, Metz||Group|
|2011||UrbanArt Graffiti 21||Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte - Europäisches Zentrum für Kunst und Industriekultur, Völklingen||Group|
|2011||Art in the Streets||The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2009||Urban Archives: That was then this is now||Bronx Museum of the Arts (BxMA), New York City, NY||Group|
|2009||Born in the Streets||Paris||Group|
|2009||Born in the Streets||The Bronx Museum, New York||Group|
|2009||Whole in the Wal||Helenbeck Gallery, New York||Group|
|2009||Born in the Streets||Cartier Foundation, Paris||Group|
|2006||Ten Years: 1977-1987||Montana Colors, Barcelona||Solo|
|2006||Ten Years: 1977-1987||Cox 18, Milano||Solo|
|2006||Ten Years: 1977-1987||Galerie Speerstra||Solo|
|2005||Beautiful Losers - Contemporary Art and Street Culture||Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach||Group|
|2004||Beautiful Losers||Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH||Group|
|2003||Ten Years: 1977-1987||Galerie Speerstra, Paris||Solo|
|2002||Ten Years: 1977-1987||The Prosper Gallery, New York,||Solo|
|2002||Ten Years: 1977-1987||Maharishi, London||Solo|
|2002||Ten Years: 1977-1987||Prosper Tokyo||Solo|
|2000||Hip Hop exhibit at the Experience Music Project||Seattle, WA||Group|
|1999||Urban Mythologies||The Bronx Museum, New York||Group|
|1999||Art of the American Century Part ll||Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY||Group|
|1999||Hip Hop: A Cultural Expression||The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio||Group|
|1996||MICHAEL CORRIS "GANG WAREFARE||Le Consortium, Dijon||Group|
|1985||Since the Harlem Renaissance, 50 Years of Afro-American Art||Bucknell University||Group|
|1984||Rapid Enamel The Art of Graffiti||The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL||Group|
|1984||Content, a Contemporary Focus 1974-1984||Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.||Group|
|1983||Sculptors Guild||Lever House, New York||Group|
|1983||The Comic Art Show||Whitney Downtown, New York||Group|
|1982||Sculptors Guild||Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York||Group|
|1981||Sculptors Guild||Bronx Botanical Gardens, New York||Group|
|1981||New York/New Wave||P.S.1, New York||Group|
|1980||Graffiti in New York||OK Harris Gallery, New York||Solo|
|1977||Three Rivers Arts Festival||Pittsburgh, Pa||Group|