New York/Lower East Side

East 3rd Street — © Brian Rose

Progress update for Time and Space on the Lower East Side. The book is finished except for some back and forth concerning the coating on the cover. It will be a so-called image wrap cover rather than a dust jacket. I have one completed copy of the book, and I am beginning to show it  around.

Time and Space will be presented to the public on April 2, and I will be doing a slide talk, basically stepping through the pages of the book. Hopefully, I will have a full shipment of books by then, but if not, I will at least have 10 or 20 copies available at the event. Here is the basic information:

Time and Space on the Lower East Side
A Presentation by Brian Rose

Monday, April 2
7-8:30 PM
Duo Theater, 62 East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue & the Bowery)
Free; reservations required
RSVP to or (212) 475-9585 ext. 35  

Co-sponsored by Fourth Arts Block and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 

In 1980, Brian Rose, in collaboration with Ed Fausty, photographed the Lower East Side with a 4×5 view camera.  It was the neighborhood’s darkest, but most creative moment. While buildings crumbled and burned, artists and musicians came to explore and express the edgy quality of the place. After the wrenching events of 9/11, Rose was drawn back to New York as a subject for his camera and eventually decided to return to where he had begun–the Lower East Side.  From the outset it was clear that this would not be a simple before/after take on the place. While keeping an eye on the 1980 photographs, Rose sought to rediscover the place with fresh eyes, with the perspective of time, change, and history. The result, Time and Space on the Lower East Side, which will be available for sale and signing, is a set of photographs that looks backward and forward, that posits the idea that places are not simply “then and now,” but exist in a continuum of decay and rebirth.