Category: photography

Chet Baker in a recording session, Los Angeles…

Chet Baker in a recording session, Los Angeles, 1952, photo by William Claxton

joeinct:

joeinct:

Southwest Passage, Photo by Lillian Bassman, 1951

Model in a Lily Daché hat, New York, 1950, pho…

Model in a Lily Daché hat, New York, 1950, photo by Gordon Parks

nyc-urbanism: Girls in the Windows, New York C…

nyc-urbanism:

Girls in the Windows, New York City, 1960 —Ormond Gigli
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“In 1960, while a construction crew dismantled a row of brownstones right across from my own brownstone studio on East 58th Street, I was inspired to, somehow immortalize those buildings. I had the vision of 43 women in formal dress adorning the windows of the skeletal facade.

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!

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.

The photography came off as planned. What had seemed to some as too dangerous or difficult to accomplish, became my fantasy fulfilled, and my most memorable self – assigned photograph. It has been an international award winner ever since.

Most professional photographers dream of having one signature picture they are known for. “GIRLS IN THE WINDOWS ” is mine.” (at Midtown East)
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Choreographer George Balanchine and ballerina …

Choreographer George Balanchine and ballerina Maria Tallchief rehearse in the studios of the New York City Ballet, New York, 1958

Anne Gunning models a Christian Dior suit, Par…

Anne Gunning models a Christian Dior suit, Paris, 1953

davidhudson:

davidhudson:

Brassaï (September 9, 1899 – July 8, 1984), Marlene, 1937.

Modeling dresses by Jole Veneziani in the stre…

Modeling dresses by Jole Veneziani in the streets of Rome, 1956

Times Square on a rainy day, photo by Fred Ste…

Times Square on a rainy day, photo by Fred Stein, 1949

Photo booth, photo by Harold Feinstein, 1944

Photo booth, photo by Harold Feinstein, 1944