Lunch Atop A Skyscraper: The Story Behind The 1932 Photo


As far as images of construction workers goes, the famous black and white photo taking during construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan, New York City is probably the most well known. It’s insane to think here was a bunch of workers taking a lunch break on a steel beam 800ft in the air. The fact that they look so casual while doing it points to how fearless they were.

Even though none of their names are known, they remain iconic—this short doc by TIME look at the story behind the shot.

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