Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Girls in the Windows

I've just come across the amazing shot below, set up by Ormond Gigli in a condemned brownstone on East 58th Street in 1960.

Gigli rushed to install these beautifully-dressed women, who include celebrities, the demolition supervisior's wife (third floor, third from left) and the photographer's own wife (second floor, far right) the day before the crumbling building was to be brought down!

The result is beautifully stylised and formal (and right up Emma Louise Layla's street). The full back story is here.

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