About Ormond Gigli
Ormond Gigli was born in New York City in 1925, and began his professional career at age sixteen while still in high school. During World War II, he served as a US Navy aerial photographer and instructor. During the 50's, Gigli gained fame for his colorful photography of dance, theater, and film stars, which appeared prominently on the covers and pages of Time, LIFE, Colliers, Esquire, and The Saturday Evening Post.
Ormond Gigli has always considered some of his most rewarding photographs to have been "self-assigned". In the late 50's, he initiated a wave of photography of epic proportions, including one of his most famous "self-assignments," the widely published "Girls in the Windows". This photograph depicts some forty-three women standing in the windows of three condemned brownstones across the street from his studio.