James and Karla Murray are New York based professional photographers and authors. Their critically acclaimed books Store Front II- A History Preserved, New York Nights and Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York as well as their graffiti publications Broken Windows, Burning New York, and Miami Graffiti have set the standard for urban documentation. The authors' landmark 2008 book, Store Front, was cited in Bookforum as one of the "Exemplary Art Books From The Past Two Decades." New York Nights was the winner of the prestigious New York Society Library's 2012 New York City Book Award
James and Karla Murray's work has been exhibited widely in major institutions and galleries, including solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Historical Society, Clic Gallery in New York City, and Fotogalerie Im Blauen Haus in Munich, Germany and group shows at the New-York Historical Society. Their photographs are included in the permanent collections of major institutions, including the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the New York Public Library, NYU Langone Medical Center, and the Brooklyn Historical Society. They have lectured extensively on the plight of New York City's mom and pop stores at venues including the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Their photography has appeared in global publications including the New Yorker, NY Daily News, New York Post, Saveur, Rolling Stone (Germany), Print Magazine, Stern, Lufthansa, Die Zeit, and Der Spiegel. They are represented by Clic in New York City. James and Karla live in New York City and Miami with their dog Hudson.