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Within the pages of STORE FRONT, the reader may explore entire blocks that have not changed much in the past century, engaging in startling encounter with contemporary New York. Details of an architectural and cultural heritage that is fast disappearing such as signage, architectural adornment and window displays are presented in context, as they exist on the street, all in amazing detail.

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There goes the neighborhood 28 février 2009
Par Robin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
"Well, it was open last week, I went in and bought something" A familiar thought if you live in a city, large or small, across the Nation and discover that the store that had been there for decades is now closed: probably for good. James and Karla Murray have done us all a favor by capturing, for ever, the changing store front scene in New York. Amazingly, as mentioned in their introduction, almost a third of the stores in the book have closed!

The 220 photos (with some repeated in four huge fold-outs) cover the five boroughs with each getting a simplified street map and the relevant neighborhood indicated, some copy provides background to the name and how the area originated. What gives the book a lift though is the frequent addition of interviews with the storeowners who provide insights about the history of their premises and the products they sell.

All the photos are straight on shots of the store fronts but don't think for a minute that this might be sort of boring because these stores are a kaleidoscope of colorful window displays with products, notices and neon signs, awnings, and an amazing selection of lettering for their names, plus many of them desperately need some renovation and this adds texture to the surrounding building. Photos that are this content rich just don't need any gimmicks or trendy angle shots. The book's large size also adds to their impact (check out the Product Details).

This is a large, chunky, beautifully produced coffee table book (though a shame it wasn't printed with a finer screen than the 175 used). I wouldn't have thought that photos of store fronts would have yielded such a fascinating collection of stunning photos but here they are. A visual treat!

***SEE SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'customer images' under the cover.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Par La Ura Loos - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
After looking through Store Front, I felt like I was right back in NYC when I lived there over 40 years ago. The hundreds of gorgeous photos of these old mom-and-pop stores brought back memories of my own neighborhood and shopping trips downtown from The Bronx and summer outings to Coney Island. I also enjoyed reading all the interviews with store owners and finding out the "secret" to their survival. I have this massive book on my table and everyone who comes over spends time flipping through it and want to take it home with them. I plan on visiting many of the stores that were highlighted because the photographers kindly gave the exact address of each store in every borough. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever lived in New York, visited New York or just interested in seeing the stores that make NYC the special place that it is.
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STORE FRONT-an essential book for everyone who loves NYC 31 janvier 2009
Par A WRITER - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Amazing, enormous book filled with page after page of panorama photos and single mom-and-pop stores. I especially loved the huge fold-outs and reading all the interviews. What else can I say, the book is outstanding and I'll treasure it forever. I've told everyone I know to buy it.
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What a great book 16 juin 2009
Par Harald Widemann - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
During a vacation I saw this book in a shop close to Central Park. Then back in Germany I decided to purchase it. With great interest I read all descriptions about New York and the stores to which the storefronts belong to. With this book I learn more about NY's history than with any other source. This book enriches my personal library
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"Store Front" Is My Co-Pilot - A Treasure on So Many Levels 11 février 2014
Par Janko Puls - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Whenever I leave New York for a week or so - the first thing on my return is to walk through my neighborhood in downtown Manhattan and see what's left. The radical pace of changes doesn't slow down. And sometimes I have to make yet another little mark into my copy of "Store Front" when one of these places is gone forever.

The Murrays have done an incredible job on so many levels: They documented and preserved a vital part of New York that is rapidly changing to the worse. While New York always was a place of radical change and fast development, this phase in the early 21st century seems to annihilate the city's past and rip out its soul. The work of Jim and Karla Murray is a most valuable contribution to the city's history. The texts bring each place to life, not only for born and bred New Yorkers, but also for anyone who loves this city and just knows a little bit about it. The voices of the shop owners make the reader connect with the storefronts in an instant. You might laugh or cry about what you read, but I think that the Murrays did set indeed a new standard in urban documentation - because they add so much more.

On another level, Jim & Karla Murray grabbed the beauty and particular culture of storefront lettering - an aesthetic joy in its own - and coming from their interest in graffiti culture, it seems to be quite a natural development. For their follow up title "New York Nights" the Murrays revisit many of these places, just to add the other dimension through nocturnal appearances, bathed in neon and Tungsten lights. Their photographic style seems to be deadpan in the first place - until you start paying attention to more and more details and notice which decisions went into the photographic process. Jim and Karla Murry understand how to carve out the essence of each of these places, unadulterated by the daily hustle and bustle.

Conclusion: Whether you are a visiting New York lover or a native dweller from the neighborhood, a historian or a font designer, you will find plenty interesting and useful things in these two books. "Store Font" and "New York Nights" have top shelf places in my ever growing New York book collection.
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