J&K Lower East Side

Authors, photographers and New York natives James and Karla Murray are inviting all those interested in photography and the Lower East Side neighborhood to several workshops they’re hosting through this April to June, which they’re calling “Capturing the Faces and Voices of the Lower East Side’s Disappearing Mom-and-Pop Storefronts.”

The project is a “photography and oral history workshop of the cultural significance of mom-and-pop stores and the impact they have on the pulse, life, and texture of their communities.” They say that workshop participants will “learn to create their own powerful photographs of neighborhood storefronts as well as record oral histories with shop owners,” and the workshops will strive to “teach how photography and oral history can be tools for public awareness and advocacy. …  There will be two free consecutive workshops held at the Neighborhood Preservation Center in the East Village, culminating in an exhibition of each participant’s work at the Theater for the New City Art Gallery from August 14 – September 18, 2017.”

The workshops, which each consist of two sessions, will take place over various dates through late April to early June. For more information, including how to sign up and the exact dates of each program, visit their event page here.