Eleven men having lunch sitting in a girder at the 69th floor of a building during its construction is certainly a curious

image unlikely to happen. Well, such situation was captured by Charles Ebbets in 1932. Charles Clyde Ebbets born on August 18, 1905 in Gadsden, Alabama was an American Photographer. In 1932 Ebbets was appointed director of the Rockefeller Center, which was under construction in New York. During September of the same year, he took the photo which would define his work, tittled, Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper. Until October 2003 the copyright owner of the photograph didn´t recognize Ebbets as the author of the photograph On July 14, 1978, at the age of 72, Ebbets died of cancer. At the time of his death he had more than 300 nationally published images. This became one of the photographs that changed the world. It was adopted by pop culture and has so many versions to date. Some of these were humorous renditions featuring Hollywood icons (including Charles chaplin, Marylin Monroe and King Kong), the Muppets, and even the cast from F.R.I.E.N.D.S., among others. The reason why I choose to talk about this picture it´s because of what it represents. It is an everyday lunchtime routine for a group of laboring men in early 20th First of all we can see the fast New Yorker life reflected in the picture. If we think about the situation as a whole, the workers are eating at work, meaning they don¶t have time to eat and even nowadays this situation is something that characterizes the city: the lack of time. Another important aspect we can see in the picture is (compañerismo jeje se me fue) and cultural diversity. The man sitting fourth from the left is a Native American, the men at the left and right extreme are both from Country Galway, Ireland. The third man from the left is Canadian. In spite of their cultural differences we can see them working together side by side. When we see this picture one of the first things to come to our mind is RISK. As the are eating in that altitude, we know that they have a risky work and this reflects a great mentality that is: No pain no gain besides it also shows that you should do things you can today because you don¶t really know what tomorrow may bring. In the picture this easily found because we see them happy, enjoying their time together even if any time an accident is likely to happen. A lot of cultural changes in the past decades are shown in the picture like the concerned attitude towards health and safety of people working in construction. We can see that nowadays the antique workers equipment has been improved, for example ordinary shoes

is very disturbing. light cable. People rushing through their lives. what is money? Nothing compared to all the sacrifice done. according to our society´s dictaminations. They look like birds sitting on a. not even having time to eat is not exactly a perfect life even if we have a lot of money. exhausting themselves with work. life is not worth living without money. On the other hand this picture. at hundreds of feet above the floor and nobody cares about them. from one moment to another. This image represents the capitalism on it´s very core as people are less worth than the money they can make even by risking their lives. the idea of risking everything to accomplish our goals. in my opinion it has the background message that people are not treated in the way they should and they are pushed by society ³rules´ to reach a certain economic level to be accepted. everything can be lost and then. . In conclusion we can say that. What doesn¶t change is the fact that cigarettes are still a very common item.for safety boots and hats to helmets and they even have harnesses. even if this picture represents for many. for me. This also reflects quite well the concept people have of Americans: Money is the first thing. We can see in the picture that. Not even they care about themselves because they know that.

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