w3dd1e ,

I could be misremembering, but I believe this is a bit of photography trickery. I think there is actually a platform under his feet and it’s not as far down as it seems.

UnRelatedBurner ,

idk about this but after seeing the trickery with the mirror I can believe anything.

w3dd1e ,

I found an article on other photos taken during that time. It doesn’t mention this one specifically but it does say there were a whole series of photos staged on beams during construction of the RCA building. It was a promotional photo shoot.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/09/01/one-most-iconic-photos-american-workers-is-not-what-it-seems/

NigelFrobisher ,

Yep, bloke’s not even vaguely straining to hang off anything.

fl42v ,

Meanwhile the photographer: casually hangs on the second thingy but with only one hand (the other one is occupied by the camera)

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