"The Faith is the bible of graffiti. It forever captures the place, the time, and the writings of those of us who made it happen." —Snake I
In 1973, author Norman Mailer teamed with photographer Jon Naar to produce The Faith of Graffiti, a fearless exploration of the birth of the street art movement in New York City. The book coupled Mailer's essay on the origins and importance of graffiti in modern urban culture with Naar's radiant, arresting photographs of the young graffiti writers' work. The result was a powerful, impressionistic account of artistic ferment on the streets of a troubled and changing city—and an iconic documentary record of a critical body of work now largely lost to history.
This new edition of The Faith of Graffiti, the first in more than three decades, brings this vibrant work—the seminal document on the origins of street art—to contemporary readers. Photographer Jon Naar has enhanced the original with thirty-two pages of additional photographs that are new to this edition, along with an afterword in which he reflects on the project and the meaning it has taken on in the intervening decades. It stands now, as it did then, as a rich survey of a group of outsider artists and the body of work they created—and a provocative defense of a generation that questioned the bounds of authority over aesthetics.
Norman Mailer (1923-2007) was one of the most important American voices of the twentieth century—a journalist, essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, film director, and public intellectual. The author of more than forty books including The Naked and the Dead, The Executioner's Song, and Armies of the Night, he was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize, received the National Book Award, and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Jon Naar is an internationally acclaimed documentary and fine art photographer and the author of twelve books, including The Birth of Graffiti and the bestselling Design for a Limited Planet. His photography has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and many other museums and art galleries worldwide. He lives in New Jersey.
This is one of a dozen books I have read in the past few years that unsuccessfully capture the nostalgia of a period thats been done to death and unfortunately the author offers... Read morePublished 19 months ago by R. Perez
it gives great examples of works around New York with interviews
of some of the most noted taggers during the 70's.
The Norman Mailer's text is great! And probably is the first one of this kind. At the beginning of graffiti arts.
And pictures of Naar very moving
The original edition of this pioneering work has long been a scarce and much sought-after item in the second-hand book trade, a treasure for collectors and for today's graffiti... Read morePublished on February 6, 2010 by Paul Handford
This is fine documentation of a unique art form - gritty and powerful pictures that tell the story of a unique art form no longer observable but indicative of the spirit of the... Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by Andrew Phillips
Oh! The Bronx got famous! I remember when graffiti started --the weird messages we began to see all over- the magical subways that began to pour out of dark tunnels. Read morePublished on January 25, 2010 by Gail Johnson
The first edition of "the faith of Graffitti" by Norman Mailer and Jon Naar was a Masterpiece. An introduction to Grafffiti. Read morePublished on January 23, 2010 by Martin Gould
When the rest of the world considered graffiti a nuisance and blight, Jon saw the art and creativity behind it. Read morePublished on January 1, 2010 by Peter W. Roome Jr.
As is for many books, especially of well known authors, there was a p.r. party (in New York in 1974) to launch this book. It was a great, fun evening. Read morePublished on December 8, 2007 by J. Z. Morris