Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Girls In The Window :: Ormond Gigli

I want to blow this up and use it as wallpaper in an old, downtown utilitarian loft........
I actually prefer this version for the purpose { a vintage exhibition poster from '83 $600.00 on
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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. "
Thank you Eileen for bringing this to my attention!

8 comments:

Lauren said...

Amazing...

Scarlett Fiona Reed said...

That would be so fabulous! I love that story!

Treadgold said...

Isn't it the spontaneous creativity that creates some of these fantastic memories. I have to use my instinct a bit more I think!

Francine Gardner said...

This would make a fantastic muralL

Charlotta Ward said...

What an amazing story and result!
Also love those two women whose dresses weren't fitted.. :)

Hoping you are well. What are your plans for this Christmas?

xx Charlotta

Holly Irwin Fine Art said...

Hi Megan, These are truly works of art....thanks for sharing them!

Julie Mautner said...

I've never seen this photo and absolutely love it. Thanks for sharing!! It reminds me of my old block in NYC, on West 71st St.

Cherry said...

What a great story and an amazing photo

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