Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Margaret Bourke-White shooting from the 61st floor of the Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is considered a masterpiece of Art Deco architecture, says Wikipedia.

The distinctive ornamentation of the building is based on features that were then being used on Chrysler automobiles.

The corners of the 61st floor are graced with eagles, replicas of the 1929 Chrysler hood ornaments;[32] on the 31st floor, the corner ornamentation are replicas of the 1929 Chrysler radiator caps.[33]

The Chrysler Building is also well renowned and recognized for its terraced crown. Composed of seven radiating terraced arches, Van Alen's design of the crown is a cruciform groin vault constructed into seven concentric members with transitioning setbacks, mounted up one behind another.[35]

The stainless-steel cladding is ribbed and riveted in a radiating sunburst pattern with many triangular vaulted windows, transitioning into smaller segments of the seven narrow setbacks of the facade of the terraced crown. The entire crown is clad with silvery "Enduro KA-2" metal, an austenitic stainless steel developed in Germany by Krupp.

It was the world's tallest building for 11 months - before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931.

Margaret Bourke-White Margaret Bourke-White (1904 –1971) was an American photographer and documentary photographer.[3][4]

She is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet Industry, the first female war correspondent (and the first female permitted to work in combat zones) and the first female photographer for Henry Luce's Life magazine, where her photograph appeared on the first cover.