Remembering Jim Prigoff
The Museum of Graffiti is deeply saddened by the passing of Jim Prigoff, an influential photographer of street and urban art. He was essential to bringing credibility to the graffiti art form that was once considered vandalism. Mr. Prigoff’s photographs were seen in museums like Smithsonian, MOCA in Los Angeles, and the Tate Gallery. Additionally, he co-authored a book, Spraycan Art, that covers the graffiti art movement throughout the world and it has sold over 250,000 copies.
Mr. Prigoff was elected to New York’s Explorers Club, a multidisciplinary professional society, in 1967. In 2012, he was granted the Urban Legends’ Lifetime Achievement Award from the Estria Foundation. More recently, Jim Prigoff was chosen to be included in The Explorers Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World the World Needs to Know About, an incredible honor to celebrate his storied life. With over 400 nominees, Mr. Prigoff was selected for his inspiring and impactful work in the graffiti movement.