New York: Dial Press, 1972. First Printing. Oblong. (21 cm. x 15 cm.) 177 pp. ills. Full red cloth with text in blue on front boards. Titles in blue on spine. Photo illustrationed dust jacket. Closed tears and small chip to top and bottom spine of jacket. Some edgewear and mild soiling. Original price sticker to front flap. Small black marker spot to front free endpaper. Item #180
Where others saw vandalism, writer and educator, Herbert Kohl, and photographer, James Hinton, saw public graffiti as a cultural phenomenon of personal expression. "Golden Boy as Anthony Cool" is an important, early study of modern, urban street graffiti. This exhaustive photo essay is one of the first books to seriously study text based graffiti and the first to document naming and tagging. Photographer and cinematographer, James Hinton, was familiar with the urban culture and street folklore. Young urban kids lived in decaying tenements and slums with very few ways to express themselves. Much of the graffiti photographed here was due to gangs "naming" their territory or taggers taking on personas. Both Kohl and Hinton researched not only the writing on the walls but the then young taggers themselves so that "Golden Boy" is part modern archeology, ethnology and urban history. Kohl spent his life and career teaching young people and is the founder of the Open School Movement. Hinton was an important African-American visual artist, most renown today, as the cinematographer for the cult classic Black horror film, "Ganja & Hess". Very scarce in hardcover with dust jacket.