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.