James and Karla Murray have been capturing impeccable photographs from the streets of New York City since the 1990s. With Store Front II they’ve continued their documentation of an important cross-section of New York’s “Mom and Pop” economy.
The Murrays' penetrating photographs are only half the story though. Their copious background texts, gleaned largely from interviews with the stores’ owners and employees, bring wonderful colour and nuance to the importance of these unique one-off establishments. The Murrays have rendered out-of-the-way bodegas, candy shops and record stores just as faithfully as historically important institutions and well-known restaurants, bars and cafes.
From the Stonewall Inn to the Brownsville Bike Shop and The Pink Pussycat to Smith And Wolensky, the Murrays reveal how New York’s long-standing businesses stand in sharp contrast to the city’s rapidly evolving corporate facade.
Published by Gingko Press
348 pages, Hardcover
222 x 191 mm
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