Capturing Vanishing LES Storefronts With James & Karla Murray

Katz's Deli photo by Karla and James Murray.

Katz’s Deli photo by Karla and James Murray.

James & Karla Murray, local photographers dedicated to the preservation of NYC storefronts, are preparing to host a workshop series this spring and summer.

It’s called, Capturing the Faces and Voices of the Lower East Side’s Disappearing Mom-and-Pop Storefronts. The free events at the Neighborhood Preservation Center will be focused on the, “cultural significance of mom-and-pop stores and the impact they have on the pulse, life, and texture of their communities.”  Participants will have their work showcased in the gallery of the Theater for the New City in August and September.  More from the Eventbrite listing:

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.

The first set of workshops is already booked, but there are still slots available for the second set (May 1 and June 5). You must RSVP to attend. More info here.

Karla and James Murray, East Village residents, published Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York (2008), an award-winning photo book. Other titles from the husband and wife team include: New York NightsStore Front II- A History Preserved and Broken Windows-Graffiti NYC.