Keith stepped almost unwittingly into the graffiti scene about 10 years ago when his collection of 35mm colour transparency photographs of 1970’s New York subway graffiti, safely stashed away for three decades, were discovered by graffiti artist legend Tizer. Contact was made with Sami Montague, editor-in-chief at Graphotism who encouraged Keith to publish these rare images from the golden era of NYC subway art in the book ‘Early New York Subway Graffiti 1973-1975’.
Martha Cooper, Legendary graffiti photographer from New York:
“It was wonderful to see Keith’s photographs from the early years of New York graffiti especially as so much of this work was undocumented. His collection is a treasure trove of images that push the boundaries of what we know about the stylistic development of the letterforms now seen worldwide. Keith’s book of photographs greatly adds to the ever-expanding history of graffiti art."
Martha Cooper - May 2012
Sami Montague, Editor-in-chief Graphotism magazine
“When I think back about first meeting Keith Baugh, I still feel the same twinge of the surprise I felt then. I was surprised by two things; firstly that Keith, an English man in New York, had had the amazing insight and awareness to stand on a 1970’s New York elevated subway platform to take photos of what very few others did, and secondly that the photos Keith had of these early subway train graffiti pieces; pieces which I had never ever seen before, really existed and had been preserved over three decades. To someone so deeply immersed in writing, writing history and culture this was, to put it mildly, very exciting. These were amazing photos, and there were lots of them! (...)"