James and Karla Murray’s classic tome from their ongoing STORE FRONT series is now available for the first time in its covetable “mini” format. The Murrays 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 Murray’s penetrating photographs are only half the story though. Their copious background texts, gleaned largely from interviews with the stores’ owners and employees, bring wonderful color and nuance to the importance of these unique one-off establishments. Hardcover: 8 3/4" x 7 1/2"
Retail price:$29.95

Book discussion & signing: Hudson Park Library
66 Leroy Street at 7th Ave South NY, NY 10014
Wednesday, April 25th at 6:30 - 8PM

FREE with advance registration: REGISTER

Capturing the Faces and Voices of Manhattan’s Neighborhood Storefronts” is a photography and oral history workshop of the cultural significance of mom-and-pop stores in the borough of Manhattan and the impact they have on the pulse, life, and texture of their communities. There will be two separate 2-session workshops held at the Neighborhood Preservation Center in the East Village culminating in an exhibition of each participant’s work at The Little Underground Gallery at the Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich Village from August 1 – October 1, 2018. The workshops teach how photography and oral history can be tools for public awareness and advocacy. Participants will learn to create their own powerful photographs of neighborhood storefronts as well as record oral histories with shop owners, which communicate artistically and are insightful and moving. Taught by acclaimed photographers and best-selling authors Karla Murray and James Murray.
Space is limited to 35 participants per 2-session workshop (70 participants total).

The workshops are free but advance registration is required. Registration includes admission to both sessions of each workshop, which are spaced 1 month apart.

Please register for ONLY one workshop on either Monday, April 16th or Monday, April 23rd. When you register for either date, you will be automatically registered to attend the second corresponding session.

Capturing the Faces and Voices of Manhattan’s Neighborhood Storefronts is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Done in partnership with the Neighborhood Preservation Center.


MOM-AND-POPS of the L.E.S.

Arts in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expresions Grant Installation at Seward Park June 2018 - June 2019

Our wood-framed sculpture consists of near life-size photographs of four mom-and-pop neighborhood stores of the Lower East Side, which are no longer in business and have disappeared from the streetscape. Images of a bodega, a coffee shop/luncheonette, a vintage store, and a newsstand recognize the unique and irreplaceable contribution made to New York by small, often family-owned businesses.

MIDDAY SHOW ON WNYC - January 3, 2018

James and Karla Murray were guests of the WNYC 93.9 FM/ AM 820 Midday show hosted by Arun Venugopal and spoke about their newest book, STORE FRONT II- A History Preserved, which is now available in the Mini hardcover format.

To hear the WNYC Midday show segment : LISTEN

We have 3 limited edition sizes available:

- 8.5 x 32 inch width image printed on 12 x 36 Kodak Professional Endura Glossy Paper Edition of 50 @ $250/print

- 11.75 x 44 inch width image printed on 20 x 48 inch width Fuji Crystal Archive DPII Glossy Edition of 15 @ $500/print
(Photo left showing 48 inch print)

-18 inch height x 68 inch width image printed on 20 x 80 inch (6 feet 6 inch width) width Fuji Crystal Archive DPII Glossy, Edition of 10@$800/printJames & Karla Murray

Custom sizing also available.

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We were commissioned to provide 8 of our large-scale photographs of New York City mom-and-pop storefronts to be installed as wall-coverings for the conference rooms at the New York City offices of the #1 worldwide job search site, Indeed.

Indeed has over 180 million unique visitors per month matching employers with job seekers, and they recently began moving into their new 125,000-square-foot offices in the unique Hippodrome building at 1120 Avenue of the Americas. the former site of the once-celebrated Hippodrome Theatre. The design concept for the new office space according to Derek Stewart, head of real estate at Indeed, "pays homage to interesting job industries that call New York home."

Indeed chose an interesting array of our storefront photographs printed at near life-size for their conference rooms. Many of the storefronts they chose were photographed by us between 10 and 15 years ago using 35mm film and appear in our critically acclaimed book, "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York." Sadly, our photographs are one of the only visual records of many of these unique New York City storefronts, as they have disappeared in the face of modernization and conformity and the once unique appearance and character of our colorful streets has suffered in the process.

Our storefront photographs were printed on Terralon Paperback, a PVC-Free Wallcovering made from 31% post consumer recycled materials. It is breathable and has extremely low VOC's and can contribute to various LEED credits.

These are the sizes they were printed at:
Patsy's Restaurant 13 feet W x 8.4 feet H
Smith's Bar 11.6 feet W x 8 feet H
Clover Delicatessen 14.2 feet W x 8.4 feet H
Ralph's Discount City 11.6 feet W x 8 feet H


The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
presented this award to us in recognition of our significant contribution
to the quality of life in Greenwich Village, East Village, and NoHo.

Watch us accept our award here:


On this edition of Independent Sources Sarah Pizon speaks with James and Karla Murray, who’ve been documenting the demographic shifts in the city through various communities changing storefronts. Segment starts at 19:24. (Taped 8-20-14)
YouTube Video

Life-size to 3/4 Scale installations of our Store Front photographs include: Gawker Media Rooftop in NYC (left), Theater Basel in Switzerland and the East Village Community Coalition Rooftop Fundraiser in NYC.