Hello Loves! December magic is in the air in NYC! A day out and about with good friends on Madison and Fifth Ave. I managed to capture charming holidays windows, walked with the crowds, wandered in out of shops and made a visit to the Frick! We tried to have lunch at Bergdorf's and were met with a long wait list, however while on the the 5th floor we met up with Ormond Gigli a brilliant photographer ,at his book signing !
"Girl in the Window"
Ormond Gigli and Son
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 sketetal facade.
We had to work quickly to secure City permissions, arrange for models which included celebraties, the demolition supervisor'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 street, 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 internation award winner ever since.
Most professional photographers dream of having one signature picture they are known for. " GIRLS IN THE WINDOWS" is mine.
Ormond Gigli see: ormondgigli.com
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In a career that spanned more than 40 years American photographer Ormond Gigli shot thousands of images and was widely published in magazines such as Life, Paris Match, Collier’s, The Saturday Evening Post and Time. But the photograph for which he is remembered is “Girls in the Windows” an extraordinary image that has stood the test of time to become an iconic image of New York in the 1960s.