HBL Book of the Week: Store Front - the Disappearing Face of New York

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Store Front: the Disappearing Face of New York

In addition to our regular Blog of the Week feature, we want to highlight further visual inspiration in the form of a Book of the Week as well. The chosen tomes could be ones that have inspired us personally, useful reference books on all aspects of design, or just great examples of the art of book design.

Our first choice is 'Store Front: the Disappearing Face of New York' by photographers James and Karla Murray (Gingko Press, 2009, ISBN: 978-1-58423-227-8), described as "a visual guide to New York City’s timeworn storefronts, a collection of powerful images that capture the neighborhood spirit, familiarity, comfort and warmth that these shops once embodied".

WGSN loves: the nostalgic value of the photographs, which both document the entrepreneurial spirit of New York's early immigrant population, and bring into focus the dwindling number of such shops in today's high street.