If Richmond VA represented the historic heart of the Confederacy, then Monument Avenue was meant to memorialize its soul. Almost from the moment they were erected, however, the monuments to Confederate heroes attracted controversy and protest. This reached a climax in the summer of 2020 when Black Lives Matter protesters, outraged by the death of George Floyd, converged on the avenue to vent their fury. On July 10th, Jefferson Davis’s statue was dragged from its pedestal. Two days later, Brian Rose packed up his cameras in New York and drove back to his home state to document the last days of the grand boulevard of the Lost Cause. En route, he reflected on his own history and the roles played by his forebears in the Antebellum South.
Brian Rose studied at Cooper Union with photographers Joel Meyerowitz and Larry Fink. He has published numerous books that explore urban themes, including The Lost Border, The Landscape of the Iron Curtain (2004) and Atlantic City (2019). His photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Brian Rose
- Jean-Michel Dentand
26 × 30cm
10 ¼ × 11 ¾ in
60 colour and b&w photographs
£39.95 | $60
- ￼Brian Rose – Monument Avenue
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