Famous Historical Photographs: Lunch Atop A Skyscraper
The twentieth century was filled with advances in photography. Owing to the work of George Eastman and other photography pioneers, photography became accessible to everyone. It also began to make its way into the world of news as news photographers and reporters collaborated on capturing both the image and the moral of the story. Some images capture both the good and the hard times that were to be had in the turbulent twentieth century. One of these iconic images is Lunch Atop A Skyscraper taken in 1932, during the Great Depression, in New York City.
Many agree that Lunch Atop A Skyscraper was per-arranged and not a spontaneous image captured by a photographer who just happened to be on the scene. The workers in the photograph are sitting on a girder on the 69th floor of the GE building, 840 feet above the street. The men photographed were real construction workers working to build the RCA building (later renamed the GE building). However, the image of them sitting with their feet dangling from the 69th floor girder as they enjoyed their lunch break is thought, by many, to have been arranged between the photographer Charles C. Ebbets and the Rockefeller Center in order to promote the newest skyscraper to grace the New York city skyline.
Had you been there in that day and age, would you have joined in a photo opportunity such as this one?
– da Bird