Running For: Alumni Council, Nominating Committee

Brian Rose, A’79

Campaign Statement and Biography

Born in Virginia, I moved to New York City in 1977 to attend Cooper Union. In 1980, I photographed the Lower East Side of Manhattan in a groundbreaking collaboration with fellow Cooper grad, Edward Fausty.

I have since undertaken several long-term projects in Europe including documenting the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, and the subsequent rebuilding of Berlin. In response to the election of Donald Trump in 2016, I photographed Atlantic City, the scene of Trump’s bankrupt casinos. That work was published by Circa Press in 2019. In 2020, I photographed the last days of the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue in Richmond, also published by Circa Press.

My work has been collected by the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, and I have produced ten books.

I became active in the CUAA during the fiscal crisis of 2015, and I was a strong supporter of the successful lawsuit that put Cooper back on track to free. I remain committed to the Peter Cooper legacy and the ideal of free education.