Thursday, May 2, 2013

"Girls in the Windows" by Ormond Gigli, 1960


The iconic photo by Ormond Gigli, Girls in the Windows, from 1960, while a construction crew dismantled a row of brownstones right across from his own brownstone studio on East 58th Street. The women are a mix of celebrities and models and friends of the photographer's. The shot was carefully planned and quickly assembled, as it was required to take place during the construction workers' lunch break.
"We had to work quickly to secure City permissions, arrange for models which included celebrities, the demolition supervisior's wife (third floor, third from left), my own wife (second floor, far right), and also secure the Rolls Royce to be parked on the sidewalk. Careful planning was a necessity as the photography had to be accomplished during the workers' lunch time!" said Gigli.
"The day before the buildings were razed, the 43 women appeared in their finest attire, went into the buildings, climbed the old stairs, and took their places in the windows. I was set up on my fire escape across the streeet, directing the scene, with bullhorn in hand. Of course I was concerned for the Models' safety, as some were daring enough to pose out on the crumbling sills."
(Girls In The Windows, via Retronaut)

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