#1 “Lunch Atop a Skyscrapper” by Charles C. Ebbets (1932)

This blog’s main pourpose is to see and analyze the 10 most important photographs of the last century. We will also be focused in the context in which they were taken (political, social,… issues). And, of course, who the photographer was, who or what did he picture, and why.

I have chosen this topic basically because I personally love photography and this is a good way of learning more abou it, and of getting to know who the photographers of these marvelous pictures were (they are always forgotten). The order of the photographs  is not because of my preferences, and they are not randomly chosen either. They will be posted by age. Which means that we will start by the older ones, and end up with the “younger” ones.

The main sources of information of our research will be mainly: The Internet, and some other encyclopedia such as: “Plaza”.

I hope you enjoy this blog and if there were any question, please don’t hesitate contacting me.


The workers Ebbets immortalized having lunch in 1932.

The author of this curious picture is Charles C. Ebbets, but he was not considered the author until 2003, because Bettman files (which owed the rights of the photograph) did not recognize him as the author, in fact in many of the films thatcontinue to reproduce for sale, still does not state theauthor of the work and is classified as anonymous.

The photograph was taken in New York on September 29, 1932, and published the New York Herald Tribune in the Sunday supplement of October 2 of that year. It was takenon the floor 69 of the 70 having the GE Building at Rockefeller Center. It depicts eleven men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling hundreds of feet above the New York City streets.

Rockefeller center nowadays.

Even if this picture is almost undoubtedly true, there are still people who believe this was fake. As an expert in “Answers.com” says: “First, the halo around all the men indicates the men and the beam were ‘burned in’ from another negative. It is well done, but it is not perfect. Second, the contrast ratio of the men and beam is far higher than the rest of the print. You can see the drop out in the shadows made up of and from the men’s shoes, while the cityscape has an entirely different tonal range. Third, if one closely examines city background in areas such as between a man’s inner arm and body (such as the third man from the left) there is no city detail. This is because it is impossible to burn in an area that is so small and isolated. ”

Even though, a descent of Ebbets claims to have the original glass negative, therefore, we could say that it is not fake. Still, there are lots of doubts about this amazing photograph which, fake or not, has passed into history.


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