Lawrence Brose is an Experimental Filmartist and Image Maker based in Buffalo, New York. His work explores themes of sexuality, AIDS, and the relationship between sound, music, and film. Brose uses experimental techniques for photographic manipulation that alter images and transform the language of cinema. In his feature-length film,
De Profundis, Brose hand-etched color into every black and white film frame, creating an immersive visual experience.
Since 1981, Brose has created over thirty films with screenings at over a hundred international film festivals, museums, art galleries, and cinematheques in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. He is best known for his critically acclaimed films Hyacinth Fire (1989), FILM for MUSIC for FILM series (1990), and
De Profundis (1997). His film An Individual Desires Solution (1986), regarded as one of the earliest experimental and personal films to emerge from the AIDS epidemic, was included in the Art AIDS America exhibition curated by Johnathan D. Katz.
In addition to filmmaking, Brose has several photographic series that have been shown in solo exhibitions and group shows, both domestically and abroad, and his prints are part of several private collections. His work has won numerous awards from The New York State Council on the Arts and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship award.
Brose has retired from his role as the Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Studies and head of the Photography Program at the University of Buffalo and the role of Executive Director and Chief Curator at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo. Brose's twenty-five-year history with CEPA turned the gallery from a small presenting venue into a major arts center for photo-related arts. His work with CEPA won awards from many foundations, including The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The NYS Council on the Arts and the 2001 NYS Governor’s Arts Award.
Photograph courtesy of David Moog