The Famous Photos of Lunch Atop A Skyscraper
|Charles Clyde Ebbets, the man who took the shot.|
|11 workers having lunch on an exposed steel beam 840 feet above the ground.|
Who is Charles C. Ebbets? That photo above - he apparently took it.
Ebbets was a native of Florida (actually born in Gadsden, Alabama) who became a photographer back in the days when that was a really cool and esoteric thing to be doing. You didn't just snap a photo and download it to your laptop then. It was a whole, long process of getting the right camera, getting the right film, getting the right lighting, setting the shot up for multiple takes to get just the right one because you don't know how they'll turn out until they're developed and getting the right this that and the other thing Badda bing badda zoom. But Ebbets was really good at it.
Anyway, he set up the stunt called "Lunch atop a Skyscraper (1932)." Everybody knows that shot, it still sells in framed prints to this day. The shot is pristine, perfect lighting, perfect framing, just the right moment and all done under terrible conditions.
|While there were 11 workers, in many versions of the shot two of them get cut out.|
|Here is the full crew, eleven men.|
|A little while later.|
|"Man Balancing on Skyscraper" by Charles C. Ebbets, 1932.|
|Chrysler Building, ca. 1932.|
|This one was in Los Angeles.|
|30 stories high looking over the Hudson.|
|This is 1925, they are over 20 stories high.|
|1931, working on the Empire State Building. Chrysler Building in the background, it was finished just a year earlier.|
|The Jones Family carried out a sword fight on the edge of the Times Square Hotel in 1925 to publicize it.|
|This is a photographer. Yes, they knew how to dress in those days.|
|Men taking the test to become painters on the Brooklyn Bridge.|