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For decades, husband-and-wife photography duo James and Karla Murray have been on a mission to document and preserve on film the various small shops of New York City-many of which are quickly disappearing-and a culture of authenticity that is hanging by just a thread. Featuring glorious new reproductions of images from their past books as well as never-before published photos, this elegiac volume will delight the Murrays' multitude of fans, as well as anyone interested in the charm and history of small urban retail.
Large in format and filled with color and affectionate detail, the book includes an introduction by the Murrays explaining the genesis of their lifelong project and why they love to photograph store fronts. Chapters are organized by each of the city's five boroughs and include descriptions and maps. Most of the store fronts are featured in generous single-page images with captions listing location, neighborhood, and year the photo was taken.
Filled with diversity and character, these images honor destinations lost to rising rents and changing demographics. Together they comprise both a guidebook and a love letter to a city that never sleeps, and is always evolving.
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 254 x 305 mm
"These photos document a great collective loss for New York and our shared culture. They also represent a stirring reminder of the importance of photographing, documenting, and celebrating small shops." — Rolando Pujol, The Retrologist
"[The book] captures not just the outward aspect but the communal spirit of these places". — Brooklyn Magazine
"We promise, you will not be disappointed." — Accidentally Wes Anderson
"The book’s shots focus specifically on the unique aesthetics that the stores bring to their surroundings." — Huck
"These head-on color photographs are important reminders of the city’s luminosity." — Print Magazine
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