From our forth coming book: STOREFRONT: The Disappearing Face Of New York by James and Karla Murray

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From our forth coming book: STOREFRONT: The Disappearing Face Of New York by 

Released September 2008 by Gingko Press 300 Pages Hardcover 300 full color images and interviews from the five boroughs of NYC.

Also: Counter/Culture – The Disappearing Face of Brooklyn’s Storefronts James and Karla Murray, curators and photographers September 10 – December 28, 2008 Brooklyn Historical Society

Press Release: (Shot with film) Press Release: Brooklyn’s neighborhood storefronts have the city’s history etched in their facades. Each store is as unique as the customers they serve and are run by owners who share a commitment to provide a special service. Many shops are lifelines for their communities, vital to the residents who depend on them for a multitude of needs. Yet such shops are disappearing on a daily basis as their neighborhoods rapidly change. The influx of big box retailers and chain stores threatens these modest institutions, while neighborhood modernization and the conformity that it brings are replacing the unique appearance and character of once colorful streets. Photographer-curators James and Karla Murray have scoured Brooklyn to observe “mom and pop” businesses from humble neighborhood stores tucked away on narrow side streets to well-known institutions on historic avenues. Through unprecedented panoramic photographs that depict entire blocks, portraits of individual storefronts, and illuminating interviews with shop owners, this exhibition reveals how neighborhood stores help set the pulse, life, and texture of their communities.

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  • Kristal
    Kristalover 6 years ago

    Great shot! Alot of character!

  • thanks Kristal… these small business owners face monumental struggles but their love of their craft and art pushes them on. pride also is a huge common thread.

    – James and Karla Murray

  • Neil Photograph
    Neil Photographover 6 years ago

    Really great shot guys! Very interesting description too! Mom and pop shops are what keeps communities together and unique. I always try to buy from mom and pop shops and not corporate stores. That ruin the community with their ugly buildings and such and huge signs.

  • thanks Niel. a huge percent that we have documented have disappeared like the rain forest, gone forever.

    – James and Karla Murray

  • savosave
    savosaveover 6 years ago

    brilliant shot…love the detail

  • thanks savosave.

    – James and Karla Murray

  • ozlat
    ozlatover 6 years ago

    definetally has character… love the natural/urban feel to it

  • thanks ozlat. so does Katy :o)

    – James and Karla Murray

  • rochelle
    rochelleover 6 years ago

    love this series

  • thanks rochelle…

    – James and Karla Murray

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