Ormond Gigli had an illustrious career as a photojournalist over the course of some 40 years and took many magnificent photographs—but one photograph has eclipsed all the others. It is a photograph he conceived one day in his studio, pure inspiration, an iconic image was born was made. It is the incomparable “Girls in the Windows” of 1960.
Girls in the Windows: And Other Stories is the first book to survey the work of Ormond Gigli and escorts the viewer behind the façade of that incredible photograph and brilliant career. This beautifully illustrated volume showcases Gigli’s celebrity and fashion photographs and includes his innovative work in the worlds of theater, film, and dance, as well as his little-known travel photography and photojournalism. Gigli, a master of photo art direction, orchestrated his photo shoots like an accomplished film director, creating portraits that were intimate and revealing. The celebrities included, Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Anna Moffo, Anita Ekberg, Marcel Duchamp, Willem de Kooning, John F. Kennedy, Halston, Marlene Dietrich, Leslie Caron, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates, Richard Burton, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and many more. In addition to the photographs, Gigli contributes his personal account of the making of many of the pictures, evoking long-ago encounters that resulted in such timeless and beautiful images.