In 1985 I began photographing the landscape of the Iron Curtain from the Baltic to the Adriatic Seas. Berlin, a divided city, lay to the east within East Germany, and was the most visible component of that border, a vivid symbol of the Cold War.
The Berlin Wall stood for 28 years, seemingly a permanent fixture of the city and the political landscape. After a series of startling events, it was suddenly opened on November 9, 1989--20 years ago.
A few weeks after the opening, I returned with my view camera and photographed the crumbling of the Wall, and have continued to document the changes in the former border zone and elsewhere in the city.
Berlin is now one city, though as always a multi-centered metropolis. Its divisions remain evident, historical fault lines exposed—and the Wall, preserved in a few slabs here and there, remains a powerful artifact of the imagination.
Brian Rose is a photographer based in New York City. He graduated from Cooper Union in 1979, and shortly afterwards began photographing the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In 1985 he began photographing the former Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall. That work has been published as the "Lost Border, The Landscape of the Iron Curtain." Rose has continued to photograph Berlin with a focus on the former border zone, and his Blurb book "Berlin: In From the Cold" received an honorable mention in the Photography Book Now competition in 2009. In 2012 Rose published Time and Space on the Lower East Side, which juxtaposes images of this historic neighborhood from 1980 and 2010. And in 2014 he published Metamorphosis, Meatpacking District, 1985 + 2013, a companion to Time and Space, which looks at the profound changes to that neighborhood and the city in general. Rose's photographs have been collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.
Lower East Side Published June 17, 2014
Photographing New York The Lower East Side 2012 Published December 05, 2012
Photographing the Lower East Side Published November 30, 2011
WTC (8x10) Published February 04, 2011
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