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Subjects : Genre scenes, Urban
Keywords : Aquarius, Sagittarius, lunch, man, scaffolding, sign of the zodiac, skyscraper
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To fully enjoy «Lunch atop a Skyscraper» by anonymous, we recommend the large size (90x116.6 cm) printed on aluminium mounting with perspex, with the black floating box frame.
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Lunch atop a Skyscraper

Lunch atop a Skyscraper is a famous photograph attributed to Charles Clyde Ebbets, taken in 1932 during the construction of the RCA Building, the main building of Rockefeller Center. The photo shows eleven workers having lunch, sitting on a beam that hangs 240 metres above the ground, with no safety at all. The image, taken on 20 September and published in the Sunday 2 October supplement of the New York Herald Tribune, appears to have been taken for an advertisement for Rockefeller Center. Taken on the 69th floor during the final weeks of construction (the skyscraper has 70 floors), Resting on a Girder shows the same workers taking a siesta on a beam. The holder of the rights to the photograph, the Bettmann Archive, did not recognise Charles C. Ebbets as its author until October 2003 (according to some sources, after months of investigation by a private detective agency). This is why, even today, many reproductions still say "author unknown". The identity of the workers remained unknown for a long time. In 2012, two workers were identified as Joseph Pocker and Joe Curtis. However, some of the workers on the site were undocumented and their identities were therefore difficult to prove. This is the case, for example, of Natxo Ibargüen, a young Basque Spaniard (second from left, lighting his colleague's [...]


This artwork is a photography from the war and roaring twenties period. It belongs to the urban photography style.


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