West Murray, born Oceanside, NY 1948 (Two By Two Client #2, 2020)
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I started as a stylist and creative director for various fashion and advertising photographers in NYC. I worked for Wrangler, Lee Jeans, Bloomingdales to name a few. I have always had a love for vintage children’s clothes. I collected them going around the US to old “Mom and Pop” stores. I created and opened a vintage children’s store in Soho NY called KIDZ in 1980 with never used “dead stock” clothing. I went on to create and design a line of high end children’s clothes with Jackie Shapiro called Izzy and later called Jango. The line was sold in Barney’s, Saks, Neiman Marcus and speciality stores like Fred Segals to name a few. I continued working as a stylist with photographers for major ad campaigns such as Kohler, Puma and dressing celebrities such as 50 Cent, Missy Eliot and others.
Then I started taking photos myself in 2000 of a wide variety of subjects. I have spent my life searching for the unusual whether it is beautiful people, odd people on the streets of NYC or fantastic pieces of clothing. My work encompasses the eccentric characters who make up the underbelly of New York.
“I’ve lived my life to the fullest and want to inspire others by all that I see and find.”