Since 1991, Shawn Murray, the grandson of Bruce Murray, Sr., has been publishing and marketing his grandfather’s photo artwork. For over four decades, “The Master” photographer, Bruce Murray, Sr. (1893-1969) has captured amazing images of sports legends, historical figures and Americana.
His son Bruce Murray, Jr. followed in his footsteps and was a press photographer for the Evening Bulletin before and after his time in the service in W.W.II. He learned his skill from his father, and had the foresight to preserve whatever existing photography of Bruce Sr.’s that survived. He passed on the skill and photography to his son, Shawn (almost Bruce III). Shawn has proudly preserved the legacy and committed his life to publishing his grandfather’s (and father’s) work. Shawn prints these photographs directly from the original glass plate negatives that were handed down to him. The baseball photographs feature the true legends of the game and are done in a numbered limited edition. The final number photos are now part of the permanent collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. These archival silver gelatin photographs are perfect for corporate gifts or office and home decor.
In April of 2003, Shawn opened an art gallery in Center City Philadelphia called “Twenty Two”, located on 22nd Street between Locust and Spruce Streets. There he exhibits many of his grandfather’s photographs, as well as different local and national artists’ work. He has an art opening with artist’s reception on the “Second Friday” of every month from 6 to 9 PM. The gallery is open 5 days a week: Wed. to Sun. Noon to 6 PM or by appointment. For more info call 215-772-1911 or visit the website at www.twenty-twogallery.com .
Over the years Shawn has succeeded in getting his grandfather’s work in the public eye. Bruce Sr.’s work was included in the Sports Illustrated book “20th Century Sports – Images of Greatness.” The photo collection has been featured nationally on QVC, the Yes Network and Fox Television networks. The photos have been auctioned at many charity fundraising events for such organizations as the Red Cross, ALS, Alzheimer’s Assn., Aids Coalition and M.S. Society. The photos are also part of the permanent collections of such institutions as the Thomas Edison Museum, the Babe Ruth Museum, the Franklin Institute, Haverford College and the International Boxing Hall of Fame. They are part of the private collections of many notables such as Reggie Jackson, Tom Hanks, Larry King, Gary Sinise, Les Paul and John Goodman. Homegrown collectors include former Phillies Larry Christensen and Don Money, and Phila. D.A. Lynn Abraham. “I’m always happy to to shake hands and talk about my grandfather’s work,” Shawn said. “Even though they are both gone, this keeps me very close to them…I’m proud to do it.”