The History behind the picture: "Lunch atop a skyscraper"

Wikimedia Commons  // Fair Use

Wikimedia Commons // Fair Use

Manhattan. 1932. 

The Rockfeller Center is under construction. 11 workers are eating at the 69th floor of the future building on a metal beam feet floating 240 meters above the ground.

This picture taken during the Great Depression is different from the shots of those years that mostly captured the suffering of the nation. This photography is indeed showing that America, despite the big crisis, is still building, progressing and working. But there is a reason for that.

You can think that this iconic photography was a snapshot but in fact it was taken only for publicity purposes.

Yes, the workers were real workers but the shoot had been organized to promote the soon to be Rockfeller Center building and to sell offices.

This is what brings the second important fact about this photography: as several photographers were there for the event, we are still not really sure who was the author of the photography. For a while the credit of the image was given to Charles C. Ebberts but the owner of the picture, the Bettman Archive, finally attributed it to the "unknown".

If you want to know more about this photography you can watch the documentary called Men at lunch that has been presented at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013. It explores all the aspects (technical, historical and social) of the "Lunch atop a skyscraper".

 

 

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The night of the Photography in Geneva

 

 New photography event in Geneva!

On the 14th of October from 5pm to 2am will be held the first night of photography named No'Photo.

Exhibitions, talks, projections through Geneva center during one night!

In particular don't miss the Geneva photographic survey by Elisa Larvego portraying sporting disciplines through athletes in Parc des Bastions.

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Geneva Photo Club Awards : vernissage

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You are invited to the exhibition (March 30th to April 8th) of the Geneva Photo Club Awards 2017.

The vernissage will be on the 30th March from 17h00 until 22h00. Come to see beautiful pictures and vote for your preferred ones. One of mine was selected amongst the 50 best !

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Xinjiang restaurant in Beijing

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Dinner time in Seoul, South Korea

Women's day

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Finalist at "Le Plus Grand Concours Photo du Monde 2015"

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New Exhibition

The "Société genevoise de photographie" organize an exhibition on the red theme at the Tennis-Club de Drizia-Miremont form the 2d of July until the 27th of September 2015. You will see one of my picture.

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Exhibition "au fil de l'eau"

The opening of my new exhibition "au fil de l'eau" will take place on October 6th, 2014 at 6pm at the 7, rue de la Prairie in Geneva.

Li river, Guilin, China

Li river, Guilin, China