From the Bronx to the Battery, Rosen covers the waterfront. Her black-and-white pictures are crystalline and composed, with only a ripple of "human interest" content. The most personal picture is of a white pit bull, posing sphinxlike, on a patch of grass under a "Dog Free Lawn" sign. The rest of the images, from a shot of a lone fisherman on the Battery Park City esplanade to the nosecones of two fighter planes facing off on the deck of the USS Intrepid, have a dignity that borders on grandeur. Rosen often employs a studied symmetry that can make even a quartet of lampposts at the end of East 37th Street seem as impressive and durable as a redwood forest. There is nothing of the snapshot here.
And Rosen never leaves us wondering where we are or what we're looking at. She divides Manhattan into 10 sections and writes a one-page introduction to each one that is packed with information. Her captions fill in the rest: "The University Heights Bridge at 207th Street is to the left. The tall buildings at center are River Park Towers in the Bronx." But Rosen never treats the reader like a tourist. "The Little Red Lighthouse and the George Washington Bridge" is enough, and so, for a certain image, that's all she wrote. --Peggy Moorman
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Hardcover : 160 pages