From shooting ol’ school store-fronts to New York City characters, Miami graffiti writers, skylines, even a lady dressed in a bunny suit wandering through an abandoned asylum (really) photographer duo James and Karla Murray don’t seem to fail. The pair – who are also authors – focus on low-lit, urban scenes that are a clever blend of documentary and art. They’ve published books showcasing New York’s dwindling ‘mom and pop’ stores and graffiti culture and have had their work published in Rolling Stone and Mass Appeal. More at jamesandkarlamurray.com.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
“There may be a slew of urban photographers popping up around the world, but James and Karla Murray have claimed New York as their own—and deservedly so. Of course, there’s so much character found on the streets of the Big Apple that they haven’t selfishly monopolized the documentation of it all.
Focusing on graffiti artists, mom and pop shops and skylines, James and Karla Murray definitely have a style that accentuates street life in an interestingly light.”
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Christiane Celle and Clic Gallery are proud to present STORE FRONT II by JAMES AND KARLA MURRAY, a sequel show to Clic’s exhibit STORE FRONT. The show will run from February 1st to March 27, 2011. There will be an opening reception and book signing by the artists on March 3rd, 2011, from 6 to 8 pm.
In the summer of 2009, Clic Gallery mounted STORE FRONT: THE DISAPPEARING FACE OF NEW YORK, a photographic survey documenting the fast-disappearing mom-and-pop stores of New York City, in conjunction with the release of their book of the same title. James and Karla Murray, specialists in urban photography, spent more than ten years photographing the distinctive facades of family-run shops in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs, and their bright photographs of local institutions were wildly acclaimed. Praised by, among others, The New Yorker (”These unfussy, elegant and richly colored photographs give connoisseurs of signage, folk typography, and ambient erosion much to pore over”), The London Telegraph (“STORE FRONT offers vivid and intimate insights into the life of one of the world’s great cities.”) and The New York Times (”The images are bright and crisp…holds a curious fascination — indeed, a raw beauty — for anyone concerned with vernacular design.”), STORE FRONT was also acclaimed by Rolling Stone-Germany, Saveur, Print Magazine, Stern, Lufthansa, Die Zeit, and Der Spiegel. James and Karla Murray have lectured extensively on the subject of 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. They have also appeared live on prime time NBC-New York’s “Around Town” with Cat Greenleaf, on Harry Allen’s program, “Nonfiction” on WBAI-NY, and were the subject of NHK’s documentary program, “NY Streets,” airing both in Japan and New York City.
Building on the success of STORE FRONT, STORE FRONT II will mount previously unexhibited photos from the Murrays’ photoseries, including shots of New York City landmarks, including Katz’s Delicatessen, CBGB’s and Lenox Lounge as well as lesser-known gems throughout the five boroughs. The show will also coincide with the release of STORE FRONT (MINI), a new, more compact and easily portable version of their original best-selling coffee table-size book.
In addition to their monograph STORE FRONT, JAMES AND KARLA MURRAY have co-authored two books on New York City graffiti art, “Broken Windows-Graffiti NYC” (Gingko Press 2002, revised 2009) and “Burning New York” (Gingko 2006) as well as “Miami Graffiti (Prestel 2009). Their work has been the subject of exhibitions at The New-York Historical Society and The Brooklyn Historical Society, and is part of the permanent collections of The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, The New York Public Library and The Brooklyn Historical Society.