Robert Moses, New York, June 4, 1959. 1944916, Arnold Newman
GI: Did he know you'd been involved in the protest?

AN: No. I was introduced to him as Arnold Newman, but he didn't make the connection.

GI: Did your personal feelings about the changes he was making to New York affect the way you photographed him?

AN: No, not really. But I did want to show him as the builder of New York. I had the idea exactly as you see it. And he was very happy with it.

We got a huge aluminum I-beam and put big heavy weights on one end so it would be sturdy. The "connector" at the end is an Arnold Newman fake. I got a big piece of cardboard and some clay and I very carefully made it to look that way, then painted it the same color we painted the I-beam. Moses is only about two-and-a-half feet off the ground and about 12 feet from the East River -- it was the angle. And it's just a single shot, un-fake. People say, "Wow, you did a great job on the computer," and I say that computers weren't invented until later.

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