Please support them. St. Mark’s Bookshop is an independent book seller at 31 Third Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets. They have been there as long as we can remember. Our book STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face Of New York is in their window and prominently displayed on their front table. They have signed copies available. Their website is: http://www.stmarksbookshop.com
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Thanks to Julia Hoffmann! Check her fantastic work here: http://www.juliahoffmann.com
“When I saw this book which only had the display copy left at St. Marks book store I had to race to to Strand to get it (although it is cheaper on amazon). I havent felt about a book like this on a long time. Its subject matter is truly amazing.
Finally someone captured these beautiful storefronts with insanely gorgeous typography before they are gone.
I guess I feel so strongly about this because I have been collecting these photos for years now until my harddrive died a few years ago.”Julia Hoffmann
Thanks also to Tina Roth Eisenberg! Awesome blog! Check it out: http://www.swiss-miss.com/2009/02/store-front-the-disappearing-face-of-new-york.html
“A wonderful find today over at In Transit (no more): I agree with Julia: Finally someone captured these beautiful storefronts with insanely gorgeous typography before they are gone. Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” Tina Roth Eisenberg
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Please tune in on Friday, March 6th at 2PM to hear Harry Allen and us talk STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face Of New York is currently the #1 Architectural Photography book on AMAZON.COM Thanks to everyone for all the support!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Another essential blog we’re huge fans of, Jeremiah Moss’ Vanishing New York is an essential look at what we love and how easily it’s lost.
” At long last, I finally got over to see Jim and Karla Murray’s show “Counter/Culture: The Disappearing Face of Brooklyn’s Storefronts” at the Brooklyn Historical Society. The exhibit is up until March, but if you can’t make it there in time, you can bring the Murrays’ important work home with you.Their book Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York is now available. A $65 hardcover, it’s an investment and well worth it–the book is a big, fat collection of gorgeous color photographs from the vanishing face of New York City.
I email-interviewed Jim and Karla about their work and asked them what they look for in a choice storefront. “We try to photograph storefronts that have a certain character due to their age,” they said, “Old neon signs always attract us as well as hand-painted signs and interesting fonts that we haven’t seen before.”Which vanished storefronts do they miss the most? “We definitely miss Katy’s Candy that was in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The Everything Store and D. D’Auria & Sons Pork Store in the Bronx and Kurowycky & Sons in our own neighborhood of the East Village.”
Many more of the shops and scenes in the Murrays’ book have vanished–the Astroland rocket is gone from its Coney Island snackbar perch, Love Saves the Day has shuttered, and look at their 2001 shot below of 1st Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets in the East Village. These businesses had been there for decades. But today none of it is the same–and most of it vanished in just the past few years.For comparison, I took the snapshot below: Kurowycky Meats is now Kim’s, Cosmo’s Packages is for rent after being gutted for a cafe, the beauty parlor is a Ruben’s Empanadas, and the International Bar was shuttered then reopened under new management.
Not bad. It could have been worse, considering. And that just happens to be a $110,675 Mercedes G55 SUV parked at the curb.”
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
We are huge fans of P-A Gillet’s store front photos from France. He recently interviewed us and posted it along with tons of previews from our book, including some new spreads. Thanks to P-A Gillet and for his love and support. Check out his blog: http://pagillet.over-blog.com/
“… J’ai rencontré Jim et Karla Murray sur Flickr, inépuisable corne d’abondance de talents dans tous les coins du monde, si tant est que notre planète puisse avoir des coins. Ils avaient remarqué ma série de photographies pour “Des Plumes dans l’œil” (voir ici : link) et moi, leur sublime travail sur New York où ils habitent. C’est donc très naturellement que nous avons commencé à discuter, virtuellement s’entend, il y a plus de deux ans par mails interposés.
Jim et Karla sont ensemble depuis 1994 et leur principale activité, hormis le sexe et encore je m’avance beaucoup, est de déambuler dans New York pour réaliser un travail documentaire sur l’évolution de cette ville. Alors que le but premier de leurs pérégrinations était de photographier des tags de leurs amis jusque dans les quartiers les plus mal famés de la ville, ils ont très vite été attirés par ces façades typiques de magasins New Yorkais qui disparaissaient les unes après les autres. À chaque nouvelle fermeture, ce n’est pas seulement une boutique, des vies et des souvenirs qui s’effaçaient des mémoires mais c’est tout leur environnement qui s’en trouvait modifié.
Dès la moitié des années 90, ils ont décidé de recenser quasi topographiquement ces échoppes, du moins celles qui avaient du caractère, du style et qui suintaient d’années d’activité par leurs moindres détails. Vieux néons, typographies surannées dans leur jus d’époque, enseignes peintes à la main, boutiques de fourrure, de delicatessen, épiceries italiennes, albanaises, tous des points de ralliements où les communautés locales se retrouvaient pour parler du bon vieux temps au pays quand c’était mieux avant. Autant d’histoires bientôt perdues à raconter en une image avant le grand lessivage. Après une première tentative infructueuse pour publier leur livre en 2007, ” Store Front. The disappearing face of New York” est désormais disponible pour mon plaisir et le vôtre. Le mien car je l’ai déjà et c’est sublime. Le vôtre car si j’ai bien fait mon boulot, vous baverez d’envie de l’acheter à la fin de cet article. Le livre est disponible à la librairie OFR dont j’ai parlé récemment pour la sortie du magazine Under the Influence et qui est toujours située au même endroit depuis : 20, rue Dupetit Thouars dans le IIIeme arrondissement. Une excellente adresse que je vous conseille tant elle regorge de trésors. Vous pouvez aussi le trouver sur fnac.com ici : link et également sur Amazon, ici : link. Il doit aussi être disponible ailleurs à Paris mais je ne vais pas non plus vous mâcher le travail. Et pour le Flickr de Jim & Karla Murray, pas besoin d’aller jusqu’en Patagonie, c’est juste ici : link. Well done Jim and Karla, your book is tremendous, enormous and magnificent. It is now in my own personal library with, on the left, Lee Friedlander and on the right, Walker Evans. Good neighbours, aren’t they ?” P-A GILLET
Translation via babelfish.yahoo.com:
“. J’ met Jim and Karla Murray on Flickr, inexhaustible horn d’ abundance of talents in all the corners of the world, if as well is as our planet can have corners. They had noticed my series of photographs for ” Feathers in l’ œil” (see here: link) and me, their sublime work on New York where they live. C’ is thus very naturally that we started to discuss, virtually s’ hears, there is more than two years by interposed emails. Jim and Karla are together since 1994 and their main activity, except the sex and still I m’ advances much, is to saunter in New York to complete a documentary work on l’ evolution of this city. Whereas the original intention of their peregrinations was to photograph tags their friends until in the districts most badly famed of the city, they were very quickly attracted by these typical frontages of stores New Yorkais which disappeared the ones after the others. With each new closing, this n’ is not only one shop, lives and memories which s’ memories but c’ erased; is all their environment which s’ in found modified. As of half of the Nineties, they decided to count these gravers quasi topographically, at least those which had character, style and which oozed d’ years d’ activity by their least details. Old neons, out of date typographies in their juice d’ time, signs painted with the hand, shops of fur, delicatessen, grocers Italian, Albanian, all the points of rallyings where the local communities found themselves to speak about the good old day to the country when c’ was better front. As much d’ stories soon lost to tell in an image before great scrubbing. After a first unfruitful attempt to publish their book in 2007, ” Blind Face. The disappearing face off New York ” is from now on available for my pleasure and yours. Mine because I l’ have already and c’ is sublime. Yours because if j’ made well my job, you will dribble d’ envy l’ to buy at the end of this article. The book is available to the bookshop OFR of which j’ spoke recently for the exit about the magazine Under the Influence and which is always located at the same place since: 20, rue Dupetit Thouars in IIIeme district. An excellent address that I advise you so much it abounds in treasures. You can also find it on fnac.com here: link and also on Amazon, here: link. It must also be available elsewhere to Paris but I either will not chew you work. And for Flickr of Jim & Karla Murray, not d’ need; to go jusqu’ in Patagonie, c’ is just here: link. Well gives Jim and Karla, your book is tremendous, enormous and magnificent. It is now in my own personal library with, one the left, Lee Friedlander and one the right, Walker Evans. Good neighbours, aren’ T they?” P-A GILLET
Tuesday, February 3, 2009