Lunch Atop a Skyscraper

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I’ve never heard of or seen this photo – but apparently it’s the subject of a doco from a while ago (link below).

There’s much controversy about who/what/where/how, but I can’t find much on the web disputing the fact that it’s a composite photo.

I’ve posted many other photoshopped images of people standing in impossible places, but this one must have used other techniques back in its day.

Usual clues: 11, floor 69, etc…

A new documentary explores the mystery figures in “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,” a symbolic photograph of Depression-era New York, as well as the identity of its photographer.

Source: ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper’ Uncovered – The New York Times

h/t Jr. Fakeologist

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2 thoughts on “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper

  1. ricky

    I agree with Gaia, it’s an image that’s been used many times over the years. I recall similar photos of “blue collar workers” in similar poses working on the Golden Gate Bridge along with other high rise stunts evoking an almost superhuman indifference to falling hundreds of feet to your death. The underlying message to me was “you think you have it bad? Try walking an I-beam 600 feet off the ground.”

  2. gaia

    This is a famous photo, used for posters a lot. Seen it on walls of people and in hotels.

    To my eyes the strong;y marked difference between the exposure above (overexposed) and below (normal exposure) the steel beam in the background is a sign of fakery. That same exposure difference is not there in the faces of the workers.

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