Talk shop with shop owners Sal Dipalo of Dipalo Latteria and Frank Ottomanelli of Ottomanelli Prime Meats. Also Greg Deliso will be discussing his short film STORE FRONT: New York. Clic Gallery Tuesday September 22nd 6:30 - 8PM. 255 Centre Street @ Broome. Also Greg Deliso will be discussing his short film STORE FRONT: New York.
Also: JAY DEE Bakery R.I.P.:
Next Door, New York by Mark Lamster (PRINT October 2009)
Thanks ROYCE BANNON for making this happen!
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Jim & Karla Murray’s “Store Front…” show extended at Clic Gallery
“Vesuvio’s Bakery,” James & Karla Murray, All rights reserved
Jim & Karla Murray’s “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” show has been extended to September 27th at Clic Gallery at 255 Centre Street in Manhattan. I love the careful, almost formal treatment the Murray’s give to these colorful neighborhood outposts — crisp, straightforward, squared-up, unfussy. The light is chosen & handled for maximum information. Each store front is just what it is. But take a good look! What they are is pretty wonderful…
The Murray’s approach is plainly in the tradition of Eugene Atget and Walker Evans, two photographers also moved by the half-improvisatory accretion of visual elements that go into the street face of these “mom & pop” businesses. Evans especially was fascinated by signage & the arrangement of goods to be perused; he called it “the pitch direct” & photographed it throughout his career. (I wrote about Atget, Evans & signage here).
The Murrays add glorious color to this venerable lineage. They also make a point of adding social & political concerns. These are not just photographs. “The stores have the city’s history etched in their facades. They tirelessly serve their community, sustaining a neighborhood’s diverse nature and ethnic background, in a city with an unmercifully fast pace and seemingly insatiable need for change. Each is as unique as the customers they serve and have at their heart, owners who share a commitment to provide a unique service and in turn cement a neighborhood’s foundation” they write. And, in fact, many of the store fronts the Murrays photographed are already gone, replaced by chains stores bearing the same logo, color scheme & promotional advertising as every other clone of their worldwide corporate brand.
http://www.gvshp.org/_gvshp/about/index.htmThanks also to Peter Longo of Porto Rico Coffee, and Matt Umanov of Matt Umanov Guitars. Also much thanks to Film maker Greg Deliso for his film and being a part of the panel.
L to R: Matt Umanov, Peter Longo and Greg Deliso
Watch STORE FRONT: New York by Greg Deliso:
Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York
An Illustrated Talk and Panel Discussion with James and Karla Murray
Wednesday, September 9
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:15 p.m.)
Judson Memorial Assembly Hall
239 Thompson Street off of Washington Square South
Free; reservations required
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 475-9585 ext. 35
Stop by and hear store owners talk shop. A panel discussion with local store owners from Greenwich Village, including the Ottomanelli Brothers of Ottomanelli & Sons Prime Meat Market, Peter Longo of Porto Rico Coffee, and Matt Umanov of Matt Umanov Guitars.