“Girls in the Windows”, 1960 is an image not only about beauty, fashion and the ingenious orchestration of 43 women standing at the windows and on the sidewalk, some daringly climbing onto the window sills. It is also a slice of time in history, as it captures a row of three classic New York Brownstones, which were demolished the day after the shoot. Gigli, who lived across the street, wanted to immortalize the buildings and thus envisioned the photograph. His meticulous planning and direction resulted in a dramatically compelling and memorable artwork.
The richness of the photograph stems from the ability to appreciate it in different ways: either as a whole, as a rhythmic composition of color and form, formed by the pattern of windows, human figures and colorful dresses; or the viewer is drawn to explore its various parts, each woman presenting a different point of interesting story (Gigli’s wife is on the second floor, far right and the demolition supervisor’s wife is on the third floor, third from left). It has since been the inspiration to many recreations by other image makers.
Girls In The Windows
Nuns, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 1955
ARAB IN TNE DESERT 1964
Agadir Morrocco 1968
Marakesh, Morocco, 1968
Women with Oxen Portugal 1952
"Farm House on Fire" West Stockbridge Ma. 1963
That's my wife and two sons with an old farm house being burned by the local fire department for practice.
Barcellos Portugal 1952
Matadors, Seville, Spain, 1952
Spanish Boy, 1952
Gypsy Girl, Seville, Spain, 1952
Chair vendor, Barcelos, Portugal, 1952
Federal Reserve Bank, New York, 1959
Federal reserve Bank, New York, 1959
Aerial, Middle East, 1972
Marines training, 1972
"Farm House on Fire" West Stockbridge, MA, 1963
Empire State Building, 1971
Spanish cemetery 1952
Judo, for LIfe, Paris, 1952
Home & Abroad
Oh! Calcutta, for Time, 1969
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mr. Universe, 1976
Barbara Streisand, for Time, 1964
After the show, I photographed Barbara in her dressing room. Then we celebrated with champagne.
Leslie Caron, for Colliers, 1954
Leslie was doing a one woman show on Broadway. She came to my studio for the Colliers shoot with a sprained ankle, and performed perfectly.
JOFFREY BALLET, for Time, 1967
Liza Minnelli, at the Halston boutique, NY, 1968
Rex Harrison and kay kendal, for LIFE, 1957
Rex & Kay, newly married, vacationed at Noel Coward’s home in Jamaica. A perfect background for my LIFE cover.
RICHARD BURTON, New York, 1961
He was about to leave for Rome to begin shooting Cleopatra with Liz Taylor and very much looking forward to it.
Sophia Loren, Rome, 1955
Twirling at her home in Rome, 1955
Gwen Verdon, New York, 1953
Frank Langella, for Newsweek, New York, 1979
Frank arrived at the studio in costume dressed as Dracula. What a surprise that was.
Gwen Verdon, for Sports Illustrated, 1955
Gwen was the lead in the Damn Yankees. I photographed her in my studio dressed as a Yankee player for Sports Illustrated Magazine.
LAuRENCE OLIVier, for Time, London, 1966
Laurence Olivier as “Tattle” in Congreve’s Love for Love.
Robert Stephans, for Time, London, 1969
Old Vic production of The Royal Hunt Of The Sun.
Sophia Loren, Rome, 1955
When I went to Sophia's home, I asked her what she would wear. Her reply, "anything you want". I knew that it would be a great shoot.
Marlene Dietrich, Madison Square Garden, 1953
Hildegard Neff, 1955
Starring in the Broadway show Silk Stockings.
Gina Lollobrigida, New York, 1955
When the famous Lollobrigida traveled to New York. I arranged to photograph her for Colliers Magazine. Determined to do something creative, I decided to make her into an American hillbilly in my studio. Gina loved the idea and even posed with the mule.
Miles Davis, for Time, 1971
Louis Armstrong, for TIME, 1971
This shot was part a series for Time titled "How the Other Half Bathes". Mr. Armstrong said in the article, "Redecorating this room made the rest of the house look so shabby that I had to redecorate everything."
BORIS KARLOF, 1963
Anita Ekberg. New York, 1954
Portrait of Ormond Gigli
Demolition begins at what is now 320 East 58th Street,New York, 1960
Ormond in Saudi Arabia, 1964
Ormond In his studio
After a photo for The Saturday Evening Post Magazine
Ormond In his studio with his favorite lite
Directing a model for a TV commercial, 1970
Ormond showing Carol Haney Broadway star, what he is wanting.
Scouting locations under the Queensboro Bridge in New York, 1960
Ormond at Bergdorf Goodman
“Posh Place of Fashion” appearing in The Saturday Evening Post.1966 directing the Berdorf family.
Atop the unfinished Pan Am Building, 1962
Pocono Raceway, 1970
Photographing at the Schaefer 500 Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania for Winston Cigarettes, 1970
Directing Sam Jones in Sardinia, 1969
Ormond on location at Jones Beach
Army doctors ad campaign for the US Army
Ormond in his studio with Leslie Caron, 1954
Ormond on location in Morocco,1968
Behind the Scenes
Lips, for Time, 1960
Model in the Steam Shovel, New York City, 1965
Girl In The Light, New York, 1967
Girl In The Light, Black and White, 1967
Famous Ford Models, 1966
I invited Eileen Ford Model agency to send their most famous models, known world wide, to my studio for the taking of this photograph. Their busy work schedules made this quite an accomplishment.
Famous Ford Models, Black and White, 1966
Halston at Bergdorf Goodman, 1962
"Posh Place for Fashion" for The Saturday Evening Post.