Exhibition Opening and Author Talk: Friday, December 6, 2019
Opening Reception: 5 - 6:30 PM including live music & refreshments

Illustrated Author Talk: 6:30 - 7:30 PM FREE TO ATTEND

New York Public Library- Tompkins Square Library
331 East 10th Street (near Avenue B) NY, NY 10009

As part of the Tompkins Square Library's third annual East Village Arts Festival, we will be showing an exhibit of our phoptographs from December 6, 2019- January 31, 2020

At the talk, we will discuss our books Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, Store Front II- A History Preserved and New York Nights. In this visual presentation, we will take the audience on a photographic journey by spotlighting the ongoing story of New York's independent shops, boegas, bars and more with vibrant photography and deeply personal interviews with the shop owners.


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

Arts in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expresions Grant -Public Art Installation
at Seward Park in the Lower East Side: East Broadway at Essex Street
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, many of which are no longer in business and have disappeared from the streetscape. Images of a bodega, a coffee shop/luncheonette, a delicatessen, and a newsstand recognize the unique and irreplaceable contribution made to New York by small, often family-owned businesses.

WATCH VIDEO of Installation Process & See More Photos

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 inch Kodak Professional Endura Glossy Paper Edition of 50 @ $250/print

- 11.75 x 44 inch width image printed on 16 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 72 inch width
(6 foot width) Fuji Crystal Archive DPII Glossy,
Edition of 10 @$800/print

Custom sizing also available.

Payment via PayPal to our account at: or
Venmo to: @Karla-Murray


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.