Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York

James T Murray (Author) Karla L Murray (Author)
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Store Front (Mini) is a new, compact version of the critically acclaimed bestseller Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, by James and Karla Murray.

The Murrays' brilliant documentation of New York's irreplaceable, generations-old storefronts has made headlines all over the world. For many of these establishments, the photographs mark the end of a legacy. In the wake of gentrification, vital facets of New York's cultural heritage are disappearing at an alarming rate. Store Front (Mini) immerses the reader in a virtual tour of NYC at its most authentic. From tiny stores tucked away on narrow side streets to well-known institutions on historic avenues, this book presents the individual images and shop owner stories that together make up a collective history. Up until now, there has been little attention paid to New York's storefronts; this book reverses that glaring omission and makes clear that the spirit of New York City is etched in its facades.

The influx of big box retailers and chain stores pose a serious threat to these humble institutions, and neighborhood modernization and the anonymity it brings are replacing the unique appearance and character of what were once incredibly colorful streets. Store Front is a visual guide to New York City's timeworn storefronts, a collection of powerful images that capture the neighborhood spirit, familiarity, comfort and warmth that these shops once embodied.

Product Details

Price
$29.95  $27.55
Publisher
Gingko Press
Publish Date
January 21, 2011
Pages
329
Dimensions
8.7 X 1.17 X 7.42 inches | 2.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781584234074

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About the Author

James T. Murray, a New York native, began his professional career assisting top fashion photographers. He has had the pleasure of working with high profile companies such as Victoria's Secret, Bloomingdale's, Marc Jacobs, and Stuart Weitzman. His images have graced the pages of major publications as well as several books. Murray maintains a cutting edge studio near Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan.
James and Karla Murray are husband-and-wife architectural and interior photographers and multi-media artists based in New York City.

For the past 25 years they have focused their lens on the streetscape through portraits of storefronts and shop owners and have strived to capture moments of city life that often go undocumented but capture the spirit, energy and cultural diversity of individual neighborhoods. They made it their mission to thoroughly document unique 'mom-and-pop' stores when they began to notice the alarming rate at which the shops were disappearing in their beloved NYC.

Their critically acclaimed books include Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, New York Nights, Store Front II- A History Preserved and Broken Windows-Graffiti NYC. New York Nights was the winner of the prestigious New York Society Library's 2012 New York City Book Award.

James and Karla Murray's work has been exhibited widely in major institutions and galleries, including solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Historical Society, Clic Gallery in New York City, The Storefront Project Gallery in New York City, and Fotogalerie Im Blauen Haus in Munich, Germany and group shows at the New-York Historical Society, Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, CA and Brooklyn Historical Society.

Their photographs are included in the permanent collections of major institutions, including the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the New York Public Library, and NYU Langone Medical Center. Their photography has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, London Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Daily News, New York Magazine and The New Yorker.

James and Karla were awarded the 2015 Regina Kellerman Award by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) in recognition of their significant contribution to the quality of life in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo. In both 2019, 2018 and 2017, Karla and James were awarded a Creative Engagement Manhattan Arts Grant by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Karla and James received the prestigious Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant in 2018 for their public art installation, Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S. (Lower East Side).

James and Karla live in the East Village of Manhattan with their rescue dog Hudson.