Men At Lunch: The Story Behind The Image

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One of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century is the 1932 image, “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper”, which depicts a group of men (seemingly) enjoying their lunch perched on a girder overlooking Manhattan. Despite the enduring popularity of the photo, little is actually known about, not only the men seen in it, but also the identity of the photographer who took it. A new documentary from director Seán Ó Cualáin, called Men at Lunch, attempts to shed some light on both and clear up some of the mystery surrounding the iconic image. It’s amazing that the identity of the photographer is the source of such mystery but, according to Ken Johnson,  director of historical photography for Corbis Images, “It’s very common in old news archives that images are not credited. Photographers were thought of as the guys who ran the machine. The camera was considered a documentary tool, not a paintbrush.”

Men At Lunch
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