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.
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 (11x13) Published February 04, 2011
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