KATY'S CANDY by James and Karla Murray

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“I speak 3 languages. English. Spanish. And Motherfucker.” KATY (owner Katy’s Candy) KATY’S CANDY R.I.P. 08
Interview by J&K.

Counter/Culture – The Disappearing Face of Brooklyn’s Storefronts James and Karla Murray, curators and photographers

Brooklyn Historical Society OPENING: Sept 10th 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Show runs: September 10 – December 28

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.

STOREFRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York (Fall 2008 Gingko Press 320 Pages Hardcover)


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  • midzing
    midzingalmost 6 years ago

    fantastic shot,,,love the detail,,, well done

  • thanks midzing.

    – James and Karla Murray

  • RichardRizzo
    RichardRizzoalmost 6 years ago

    great shot, this brings back old memories of my youth in NY, it’s a shame to see them disappearing.

  • thanks Richard. it seem like dozens a week….

    – James and Karla Murray

  • savosave
    savosavealmost 6 years ago

    great shot very gritty!

  • thanks savosave…

    – James and Karla Murray

  • Colin Tobin
    Colin Tobinalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot. Storefronts with this kind of personality are a rare site nowadays.

  • thanks Colin. Indeed.

    – James and Karla Murray

  • Brian Carey
    Brian Careyalmost 6 years ago

    Love the color and texture of this image!

  • thanks Brian Carey… sad to see it go… Katy’s was one of kind..

    – James and Karla Murray

  • Birgitta
    Birgittaalmost 6 years ago

    Love this………..!

  • thanks Birgitta…

    – James and Karla Murray

  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyalmost 6 years ago

    What a fab shopfront.

  • thanks Elana….

    – James and Karla Murray

  • rochelle
    rochellealmost 6 years ago

    great photojournalism

  • thanks rochelle…it is a labor of love, truly

    – James and Karla Murray

  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlateralmost 6 years ago

    excellent work well done

  • thanks Alan!

    – James and Karla Murray

  • James and Karla Murray
    James and Karl...almost 6 years ago

    thanks Alan…

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