Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Anyone who knows me, knows my affinity for the Blue and Orange who play in Flushing, so it drips with irony that the great people at Sotheby's would ask me to go and photograph one of the key artifacts in their "New York" sale, which opens tonight at 1334 York Ave. Yes indeed, the Yankee Stadium sign, the very same that glowed the night Reggie Jackson hit his three home runs in the 1977 World Series, and many more great Yankee memories, Yada Yada Yada, where are you John Sterling when I need you? The individually letters are 12 Ft high and weigh over 300lbs. But one of the interesting tidbits of this sale is the fact that Mr October himself actually has provenance (a record of ownership) of the sign right now. So if you want to come and have a glass of wine and drop a cool half mil in Reggie's pocket, I'm sure in typical Yankee fashion he will give you a tip of his cap, and so will I.




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Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Five Points FFS

5 Pointz: The Institute of Higher Burnin' or 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, Inc., mainly referred to as simply 5 Pointz or 5Pointz, was an American mural space at 45–46 Davis Street in Long Island City, Queens, New York City, whose murals were exhibited mainly on the exterior walls of the building, drawn by artists from the world over. As of August 2014, 5 Pointz was in the process of being torn down and by November 2014 the building had been fully demolished, to be replaced by a condominium complex.
© Ber Murphy 2014

SOTHEBY'S N.Y.C., 12.11.14.

The Masterworks auction is now over, with $1.7 Million taken in sales at 1334 York Ave., in NYC. No, I did not negotiate a percentage. Here'a a small sampling of the images Sotheby's asked me shoot for this catalogue, including the double spread cover. The Flowers, are a Louis XV Ormulu-mounted Sevres blue celeste porcelain Seau Crenele,.. so there! Its not everyday your photographs get placed next to Napoleon Bonaparte and Comtesse Du Barry !!


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© Ber Murphy 2014

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Sherry-Netherland Hidden Fresco

After a year of painstaking conservation efforts, a 1927 fresco hidden underneath over a dozen layers of white paint and plaster has been unearthed. Then-prolific artist Joseph Aruta painted the ceiling in the lobby of the iconic Sherry-Netherland Hotel on 59th Street in the Beaux-Arts style, but it was mysteriously covered up. It took five Evergreene Architectural Arts conservationists to unveil the 860-square-foot mural, which has all the customary frills, flourishes, and cherubs. Here are the first set of images I shot for the Hotel. Check out Evergrenne"s video of the actual work in progress, at the bottom of the page.

Front Fresco Center

Front Fresco Final

Middle fresco Final

Fresco Lobby Final

© All Images Ber Murphy 2014

Thursday, December 5, 2013


I didn't want to leave 2013 without once again giving a centennial nod to one of our cities great landmark buildings, The Woolworth. 100 years ago in 1913, Cass Gilberts neo-gothic masterpiece was completed and became, for the next 17 years, the tallest structure in the world. I LOVE IT!!!>
©Ber Murphy 2011

Monday, November 25, 2013