Thanks again Billy Jam.
“Jim and Karla Murray are two of the most thorough and dedicated documentary photographers of New York’s changing landscape. Billy Jam talked to them a while back about their book that documents the city’s disappearing store fronts:
“We’d be in these neighborhoods, especially in the Bronx and Brooklyn, that we had no earthly business being in, looking for graffiti in back alleys and along the tracks,” says Karla, laughing. “And then we’d start seeing these old stores, and they looked like they were part of a time capsule. So we started taking more and more pictures [of them], and when we could, we would take [photos of] the entire block because that’s what we are really interested in showing: a whole strip. Then we would go back a short time later to take more pictures, but we’d see that a Starbucks or Duane Reade had moved in and replaced the mom and pops.”
It’s taken longer than expected, but it’s now out. Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York includes everything from the long-gone Cheyenne Diner to Zig Zag Records in Brooklyn. You’ll see things that you remember, and find things you wish you hadn’t forgotten. Even better, if you want to own a print of one of the everyday icons, they offer you a chance on their website.” BILLY JAM for NYPress