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The Twin Towers remained aloof from the passions below. They were the perfect backdrop buildings, minimalist pylons, signifying nothing in particular—unlike the heroic Empire State Building—but serving always as inscrutable signposts. If you emerged squinting from the subway, momentarily disoriented, the Twin Towers, shimmering in the distance, visible from almost everywhere in the city, helped you get your bearings.

The World Trade Center as an enduring presence on the skyline. Images from 1978 to 2011.

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About the Author

Brian Rose
brosenyc New York, NY

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.

Publish Date  February 04, 2011

Dimensions  Large Format Landscape  112 pgs Premium Paper, lustre finish

Category  Arts & Photography

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brosenyc

brosenyc says

Hoping to bring out an updated WTC book in the near future with high quality offset printing. Stay tuned.

posted at 08:06am Dec 28 PST

RomanoP

RomanoP says

Fantastic photography, great design. Excellent work. Technically perfect and human! Congrats!

posted at 11:44am Dec 22 PST

ypnos1

ypnos1 says

Unbelievable work
Really beautiful
Thank you

posted at 11:25pm Sep 13 PST

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