Michael Lawrence documented much of the early New York writers’ work from trains to canvas to the UGA live graffiti painting performance during Deuce Coup with the Joffrey Ballet. Lawrence was Hebert Migdoll’s photography assistant in the 1970s, and Lawrence, Migdoll and Jack Pelsinger rented the original loft space for UGA until Pelsinger went his own way to start the Nation of Graffiti Artists (NOGA) in 1974. Lawrence photographed NOGA writers such as SCORPIO, BLOOD TEA, ALI and CLIFF 159 until the group’s end in 1979.
BEYOND THE STREETS, New York 2019. Photo by Dan Bradica.