About Memphis Type History

Memphis Type is two artists’ obsession with the words, letters, typography, history, and colors of Memphis. These images are insight into Memphis as Memphians know it. We collected your stories and researched the rumor and lore behind these signs for a new kind of book based on this unique Memphis artwork.

The Memphis Type photography project began in 2010 with Jeremy Greene. His photos documented the often-overlooked parts of Memphis intrigued Rebecca Phillips.

Rebecca painted the typography and signs from Jeremy’s photos for the Memphis Type Illustrated and Memphis Type Minis series. Painted layer by layer, each of these one-of-a-kind paintings has an “illustrated” look, like the postcards and ads of yesteryear.

The desire to capture the history of Memphis grew from photos and canvas to the written word when Caitlin L. Horton joined the team to write Memphis Type History: Signs and Stories from Just Around the Corner.

Grab your copy of the book, follow along here, share your stories, and enjoy the ride!