Calling upon models, friends, and even his own wife (pictured second floor, far right), Gigli’s shoot became an immortalized ‘happening’ of the day. Gigli made this photograph at noon during the demolition crew’s lunch hour, and in his monograph, Ormond Gigli: Girls in The Windows and Other Stories, gives a vivid recount of the session: ‘The day before the buildings were razed, the 43 women appeared in their finest attire, went into the buildings, climbed the 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’ (p. 21).
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