Saturday, March 21, 2009


Ginko Press just released an interesting new book, Store Front-The Disappearing Face of New York. It's a survey of color photographs focused upon what I describe as 'vernacular typography'. Like vernacular architecture, vernacular typography absorbs and reflects it's immediate context and surroundings. Often haberdash and/or hand-painted by necessity, this genre of type and signage is full of paradox; it can be clumsy and elegant, grotesque and charming.

Editorial rants aside, large format photographers James and Karla Murray spent years documenting the quickly-disappearing facades of local retailers and vendors in and around NYC. Lots of beautiful stuff...

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