By Stuart Bagshaw and David Oates / Paperback, 144 pages, Prestel

The art of graffiti is alive and well in this English city by the sea, where the city and artists are working together to turn what was considered a public nuisance into a legitimate and treasured part of the Brighton experience. In page after page of powerful images, the authors present a pictorial evolution of street art, displaying an incredible range of styles and talents.

This book documents the history of Brighton Graffiti, from the first crude tags that were meant to defile to the dazzling murals painted on the seawalls which extend along the coast, drawing graffiti crews from all over the world. These photographs are interspersed with quotes from the most important graffiti artists who have worked in Brighton. What emerges is an inspiring example of graffiti as a valid, respected, and treasured art form within the town.

For more than two decades, Brighton, England’s graffiti scene has thrived. At first, the art form was banned, confining it to the walls of deserted buildings and train tracks. Over time, the city council embraced this underground expression, sponsoring murals and offering free youth classes on graffiti techniques. Now, Brighton is considered a Mecca for graffiti artists.

In Brighton Graffiti, Bagshaw and Oates have compiled photographs that document the evolution of the movement. These photos depict a variety of graffiti styles and artists. Additionally, quotes from Brighton artists are included on many of the pages, giving the images perspective and insight.

Preston has published several urban-art books, most recently Paris Street Art by Romuald Stivine and Vito Del Forte and Berlin Street Art 2 by Sven Zimmerman. These books showcase the most innovative street art in both cities – from a heart-shaped Parisian stoplight to an astronaut stencil adorning a Berlin apartment building.