Photographer Frank Jump documents NYC's "ghost signs."
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In 1986, when Frank Jump was 26 years old, he was diagnosed as HIV positive. It was a time when doctors still knew little of the disease. They estimated Jump only had a few years left to live.
The doctors were wrong. Nearly 10 years after his diagnosis, things started looking up for Jump — literally.
In 1997, he "discovered" an ad for Omega Oil, a cure-all tonic, painted on the side of a New York City building. It was the beginning of a quest to photograph old ads painted or glued to the sides of city buildings, ads he views as relics of New York’s past. The quest has consumed Jump ever since.