Friday, June 16, 2006

Doug Pray's "Infamy"

Since the landmark documentary on graffiti culture, Style Wars, there hasn't been as fresh and as salient a work, exploring the mysterious world of graffiti writers. Bringing the same level of intelligence and keen investigative eye of that first great graffiti film, Doug Pray, the acclaimed director of the hip-hop turntablism documentary Scratch, offers what may be the first answer to Style Wars to be seen, in the twenty three years following that definitive documentary's first airing on PBS. Aptly titled Infamy, the Pray "doc" may just be the long overdue filler of a gaping graffiti documentary vacuum. Exploring the culture through the lens of several compelling writers, Infamy gets into the nooks and crannies and into the "why?" of bombing that most outsiders fail to ask or know about. For more on the documentary (click here).

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