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Posted 2 years ago

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rniederman
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I just acquired this famous 1905 stereoview of a photographer sitting on a narrow girder and shooting New York City 18 stories above Fifth Avenue using a stereo Graflex. What some people did for great photographs!

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    One of my favorite camera images!

    scott
  2. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks AmberRose, officialfuel, and Scott!

    Scott ... one of my favorites as well. I've been trying to acquire an excellent condition version of this stereoview for years.
  3. Kathycat Kathycat, 2 years ago
    Real Nice photo!
  4. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Kathycat!
  5. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    I have been in the same boat! I used to do regular ebay searches using the image number, hoping to find a hidden one.

    They often bring $50+ on ebay (regularly brought about $100 about 5 years ago) and I cannot bring myself to spend that kind of money for a mass produced image.

    I have lost out many times on ebay as I don't want to pay more than about $20!

    scott
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Are there examples of the photos he took up there?
  7. ericevans2 ericevans2, 2 years ago
    Great acquisition! Makes me dizzy just looking at it; how did he get out there with that camera in the first place?
  8. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Now that is an awesome image one could look at for hours, beautiful find, that is just one of the best finds of the week that I have seen.
  9. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Hi vetraio50 - thanks for looking and the question. I've wondered the same thing - if there are pictures by the photographer. If you think about it, there are two photographers 18 stories above the pavement. I wish I knew their names because we could then look for images by them.
  10. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Eric and scandinavian!
  11. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Phil. I too keep looking at staring at this image.
  12. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks Designer and walksoftly!
  13. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    I think we can safely say that this guy (or the guy taking his picture) took most of the NY City views from the Underwood Series.

    There are many similar views in the Series-- street views shot from a building.

    scott
  14. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Awesome, Scott! Your thoughts make a lot of sense.
  15. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks musikchoo, bratjdd, Longings, sanhardin, and blunderbuss!
  16. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, shughs!
  17. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks Chevelleman69, AntigueToys, and leighannrn!
  18. Kathycat Kathycat, 2 years ago
    Hi rniederman,
    This is just a thought. I don't know if this will be helpful or not. If you type in on the Google site: 'Above Fifth Ave. looking North". You will get many pictures of the above photo. Also you can call: The Museum of Modern Arts @ 1-212-708-9400. They maybe able to give you the photographers name.
  19. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks for the comment, Kathycat. As you can see, the image is quite famous and I've always wanted an original photograph. As far as figuring out the stereoview photographer and the guy on the girder, I'll start by contacting the technology curator at the George Eastman House. I know him quite well.
  20. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks MooreAntique, egreeley1976, trukn20, chrissylovescats, and mtg75!
    Appreciate the comment, eye4beauty.
  21. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    I suspect this image was mostly "showmanship" to create interest in the series.

    It gives the impressions that photographers were risking their lives to photograph the city views (and in this case, there does appear to be some serious risk)!

    However, I would think that MOST of the city views were photographed from rooftops and windows.

    I'd appreciate any information that your friend with Eastman House may be able to offer.

    scott
  22. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Scott ... I was thinking the same thing.

    eye4beauty ... in the grand scheme of things, the camera is somewhat large but not overly so.

    In searching images, Underwood & Underwood does have another picture (1910) of a photographer sitting on a construction beam. So, Scott's comment makes sense unless there was a truly great picture from an odd vantage point. They used staff and freelance photographers. And check out this earlier CW posting:

    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/47536-charles-c-ebbets-in-1932-the-day-he-too?in=171

    Otherwise, I've contacted the George Eastman House and will post anything of interest.
  23. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Sean!
  24. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, miKKo!
  25. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, trunkman!
  26. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Finally-- I just got a reasonably priced copy of this image!

    I have been after one for a while.

    scott
  27. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Awesome, Scott! Did you acquire the stereoview or single image?
  28. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    I got the stereoview.

    It took a while but was worth the wait (as I am sure you know).

    scott
  29. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, senchi!
  30. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, crabbykins!
  31. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, filmnet!
  32. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Kevin!
  33. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, inky!
  34. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, undreal!
  35. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Poop!
  36. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Plaintosee!
  37. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, junkmanjoe!
  38. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, tom61375 and Sean!
  39. electobacco electobacco, 1 year ago
    Amazing find!Thank you for sharing. I guess the secret to getting the best shot was to dress your best as well. ; )
  40. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, electobacco! Yep ... I guess being well-dressed helps a lot. LOL.
  41. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, vanskyock24!
  42. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Jono!
  43. filmnet filmnet, 1 year ago
    This is printed on posters in stores now everywhere
  44. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Hi filmnet ... yep ... this image has been reproduced for more years than I can recall. As I noted it's an iconic image; but it's always nice to own an original example. Original stereoviews appear on eBay from time-to-time.
  45. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, catteann!
  46. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, geo26e!
  47. rniederman rniederman, 7 days ago
    Thanks!
    pops52
    Kydur
    Virginia.vintage
    PatSea
  48. rniederman rniederman, 2 days ago
    Thanks, kyratango!

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