The Twin Towers were a landmark, a touchstone, and an icon. They were omnipresent and ever visible from nearly every corner of New York City. Architectural photographer Brian Rose started taking photographs of the World Trade Center in the 70s and continued past the tragic events of September 11, 2001. These photographs and more are featured in his Blurb book “WTC.”
As Rose says in this CNN article, “The buildings were really signposts. If you came out of the subway anywhere in the city and you were a little bit disoriented at first you could always look one way or the other and see the Twin Towers,” Rose said. “It was almost like a needle of a compass for me.”
Brian’s book is like the needle of a compass for us. It’s elegantly done with photos that capture the towers from unusual angles. He includes his thoughts about the twin towers—the enigma they were and the way they became the skyline and lured visitors and even Philippe Petit, the famous tightrope walker, who, in 1974, practiced his art on a thin tightrope strung between the towers at dizzying heights.
Like the very best architectural photography, Brian’s shots are well-framed with considered perspectives and focus that show off his subject. Like the very best historical records, his book captures a time and a moment that the world will never forget. Thanks, Brian.