James and Karla Murray Snap Changing Storefronts

By: Megan Facciuolo - Published: Apr 12, 2014 • References: jamesandkarlamurray and designtaxi
James and Karla Murray are known for their facading photographs, but their latest collection showcases the changing storefronts of NYC in a rather somber form. Ten years ago, the photographers released a photo book called ‘Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York,’ which exhibited the city’s “mom-and-pop shops.” This time around, they have created a follow-up book called ‘Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York - 10 Years Later’ that documents how those storefronts have drastically changed.

The past and present shots are displayed side-by-side for comparison in the project; in every single shot the stores from a decade ago are non-existent. The once family-run delis, bars and specialty shops have turned into generic fast food outlets, world renowned retail stores, corporate banks or condos.

What was once Lismore Hosiery Co. is now a Subway, and what was once Casa Nova Pizzeria is now a Verizon Wireless store.