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March 14th, 2012:

Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York: Jump’s Ghost Signs


Jump’s Ghost Signs

Frank Jump has been photographing and collecting the ghost signs of New York City since 1997. Most recently, he published many of his photos, along with essays, in the excellent book Fading Ads of New York City. This Sunday, March 18, he leads a walking tour of the ghost signs of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, beginning with a talk at Word bookstore.

I asked Frank some questions about his work and the upcoming tour.  READ MORE!

Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York: Jump’s Ghost Signs.

Fading Ads of Greenpoint Walking Tour | WORD | Sunday, March 18th @ 2PM

Fading Ads of Greenpoint Walking Tour
Start: 03/18/2012 2:00 pm
Timezone: America/New York

126 Franklin St.
Brooklyn, New York
United States

Get a glimpse into Greenpoint’s history with a walking tour, led by author and photographer Frank Jump. For nearly 20 years, Jump has been documenting the fading ads that are visible, but less often seen, all over New York. Disappearing from the sides of buildings or hidden by new construction, these signs tell the stories of the businesses, places and people whose lives transpired among them.

New York City is eternally evolving. From its iconic skyline to its side alleys, the new is perpetually being built on the debris of the past. But a movement to preserve the city’s vanishing landscapes has emerged. They weave together the city’s unique history, culture, environment and society and tell the stories of the businesses, places and people–the story of New York itself. This photo-documentary is also a study of time and space, of mortality and living, as Jump’s campaign to capture the ads mirrors his own struggle with HIV. Experience the ads–shot with vintage Kodachrome film–and the meaning they carry through acclaimed photographer and urban documentarian Frank Jump’s lens.

During the walking tour and book-signing, Jump will offer a glimpse into Greenpoint’s commercial advertising history through remnant fading ads. Don’t let the tour leave without you! We’ll be meeting at the store at 2 p.m., where Frank will introduce the book and give us an overview for the walk, and then we’ll head out at 2:30 p.m. Rain or shine! (If it rains, we’ll have a virtual slideshow tour at WORD instead.) Facebook RSVP appreciated!