After the project was completed and exhibited in 1981, it remained unseen in Rose's archive. And Rose moved on, working on various projects while living in Amsterdam for 15 years.
Rose revisited the streets of the Lower East Side with his camera some three decades later. Rose has put together "Time and Space on the Lower East Side," a self-published book contrasting the LES in 1980 with today. However, as he notes in the book's description:
"From the outset it was clear that this would not be a simple before/after take on the neighborhood. While keeping an eye on the earlier photographs done in 1980, I wanted to rediscover the place with fresh eyes, with the perspective of time, change, and history. The result, still being added to, 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."
He told me that the project is still looking for a publisher and exhibition venue. In the meantime, the book is available for purchase on Blurb.
Rose shared a few of the 1980 images with me....
East Second Street where it merges with Houston between Avenue C and Avenue D
On East Fifth Street between C and D. Rose was standing near Fourth Street
On the Bowery looking north toward East Fifth Street — now JASA/Cooper Square Senior Housing and the Cooper Square Hotel
The Jefferson Theatre on 14th Street between Second Avenue and Third Avenue (now the Mystery Lot)
Brian Rose Photography
Preview and buy the book via Blurb.