Marc Shur
Photography, Glendale California United States
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Brief Summary
I’ve always been drawn to old things—the worn, the distressed, the forgotten. Many of the signs I’ve photographed are virtually invisible to most people. They pass them every day but they don’t really see them. Their colors have faded, their paint is peeling and they can’t compete with all the new, shiny things around them.

But old signs have a history and they can tell a story that no Wal-Mart or Taco Bell sign can. They were once works of art themselves done by designers like me. They were landmarks and guideposts, promising a cold beer, a good meal or even a good time. They helped define a street, a neighborhood and an era. They had power. As a photographer, I want to give them a second life, pull them out of the past and elevate them once again to a place of distinction and even grandeur.

I strive for a sense of hyperrealism and a graphic feel in my photographs, wanting the signs to be larger than life, appearing much bigger and important than they do in real life. I want people to see the colors and details as if they were standing just a few feet away.

See all my vintage sign images at
or on Flickr at[email protected]/
Awards and Recognition
My vintage sign photography project "Sign Language," is being shown and sold in photography galleries throughout Europe and New York, represented by LUMAS Galleries (, and will soon be exhibited and sold in Beijing, China. They've also appeared and featured in print and online magazines. See all of them at or my Flickr page at[email protected]/

Online at:
Imprint Magazine
New York Institute of Photography
Design You Trust
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