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Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York 3rd PRINTING

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James T. & Karla L. Murray:
Store Front
The Disappearing Face of New York
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Store Front – The Disappearing Face of New York 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.
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Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York(1)
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Almost all of these businesses are a reflection of New York’s early immigrant population, a wild mix of Irish, Germans, Jews, Italians, Poles, Eastern Europeans and later Hispanics and Chinese.

The variety is immense from Manhattan’s Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery and Katz’s Delicatessen to the Jackson Heights Florist in Queens, Court Street Pastry in Brooklyn, D. D'Auria and Sons Pork Store in the Bronx and the De Luca General Store on Staten Island. And as the Murray’s stunning, large format photographs make patently clear, the face of New York is etched in their facades.

336 pages, 4 fold-outs, large format Hardcover
13 1/4'' x 12'' (340 x 303 mm)
220 color illustrations, English
ISBN: 978-1-58423-227-8  $ 65.00
Television & Film
On NBC: New Book Chronicles Disappearing NYC Store Fronts [1:49 min]
On YouTube: STORE FRONT New York (Munrovia Pictures) [6:28 min]
Radio Interview with Jim and Karla Murray
90.7 WFUV: Storefront Stories – An exploration of stores that have come and gone and those that have stood the test of time in NYC (by George Bodarky) [29:50 min]
The Leonard Lopate Show: Store Fronts [31:34 min]
Newspapers & Magazines on:  NEW YORK NIGHTS
New York Times: Elegy in Neon / Slideshow: Nocturnal Signs, With Character
Picture This - ABC News: PHOTOS: Neon New York Nights
The Daily Beast: New York's Neon Dreams
Brain Pickings: A Typographic Tour of New York City at Night (by Maria Popova)
PIX11: New York Nights: New book offers beautiful slice of Gotham’s neon-drenched nightlife
The Daily Mail: Light fantastic: Photographer catalogs the glowing neon signs illuminating store fronts across New York City
New York Nights tops Bloomberg News’ gift book list: Rolling Stones, Papaya King, Vinyl Enliven Gift Books
Huffington Post: 'New York Nights' By James And Karla Murray Showcases NYC Through Its Neon (PHOTOS)
Cooler Magazine: NEW YORK NIGHTS
Feature Shoot: New York Nights #1 on list of the top 15 Photo Books of 2012
New York Design Agenda: The Nights of New York
Kurier (Austria): Eine Hommage an New York City
Newspapers & Magazines on:  STORE FRONT – The Disappearing Face of New York
London Telegraph: Store Fronts in New York: Baby Watson cheesecake and kosher chewing gum — Soon James and Karla Murray's vivid collection of photographs may be all that remains of New York’s colourful and distinctive shopfronts (by Lucy Davies)
Wall Street Journal: A Remembrance of Haunts (by William Meyers)
Saveur Magazine: Signs of the Times (by Dana Bowen)
NY Magazine – Slideshow: The Endangered Species of New York
The L Magazine: Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York (by Sarah Moroz)
New York Times (Sunday Book Review): Signs and Portents (by Steven Heller)
New York Times: Putting a Stamp on New York’s Architecture (by Sam Roberts)
Newsweek: Down at the Corner Store
AM New York: Book offers lens on New York City's vanishing storefronts
Publishers Weekly: Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York
Wall to Watch: The old shops of New York
La Lettre - Le Journal de la photographie: The disappearing face of New York
M & C: Disappearing face of New York (by Jessica Schneider)
New York Post: Stop signs + Slideshow: Stop signs
Canada East: New book 'Store Front' documents the retail face of New York City
Financial Times (Deutschland): Die Tante-Emma-Läden von New York
Der Spiegel: Ladensterben in New York (by Marc Pitzke)
The Junction: Store Front: The Disappearing Face of NY
Die Zeit: Hausgemachte Wurst seit 1938
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Fotografien historischer Ladenfronten – New York, vergänglich
About the Authors/Photographers:
James & Karla Murray
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James & Karla Murray
James and Karla Murray are professional photographers and authors. Their bestselling and critically acclaimed book Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York as well as their graffiti publications Broken Windows, Burning New York, and Miami Graffiti have set the standard for urban documentation.
James and Karla Murray have lectured extensively on the plight of New York City’s mom and pop stores at venues including The New York Public Library, The Brooklyn Historical Society, The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Their Store Front photography has appeared in global publications including Saveur, Rolling Stone (Germany), Print Magazine, Stern, Lufthansa, Die Zeit, and Der Spiegel. They have exhibited their photographs at the New York Historical Society and the Brooklyn Historical Society, and their work is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the New York Public Library, and the Brooklyn Historical Society. They are represented by Clic Gallery in New York City, East Hampton NY, Cannes and St. Barthel­emy, FWI. They are also represented by Fotogalerie Im Blauen Haus in Munich, Germany. James and Karla live in New York City and Miami with their dog Hudson.
See also:

New York Nights NEW
New York Nights
James and Karla Murray have taken vivid photographs of an outstanding selection of bars & pubs, restaurants and cafes, music venues, and shops, all with historical significance and enduring after-dark aesthetics. more...

Mom & Popism NEW
Mom & Popism
New York City store fronts have never looked better. Photographers James and Karla Murray reinterpret the shops from their bestselling book Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York with the help of top street and graffiti artists. more...

Store Front (mini Edition): The Disappearing Face of New York
Store Front (Mini Ed.): The Disappearing Face of New York
The Murrays’ brilliant documentation of New York’s irreplaceable, gen­er­a­tions-old storefronts has made head­lines all over the world. In the wake of gentrification, vital facets of New York’s cultural heritage are dis­ap­pear­ing at an alarming rate. more...

Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC
Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC
The book documents the flowering of the graffiti movement of the post-train era. This newly revised 2010 edition has been completely redesigned with 70 more pages and many new photo­graphs from the era. more...

Burning New York
Burning New York
A companion volume to Broken Win­dows, Burning New York showcases the best large-scale graffiti pieces documented over a five year period from 2001 – 2006. more...
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