Architecture Photography

Exxon Building and Mcgraw-Hill Building – Midtown, Manhattan

Photo of two massive Manhattan skyscrapers in Midtown, New York - Black & White photo

Exxon Building and Mcgraw-Hill Building – Midtown, Manhattan

New York City is a very crowded place. Throughout Manhattan, buildings are competing for space. Sometimes, where space permitted, the buildings are so massive that they look like towering mountains.

This is what I felt when I photographed two of the three skyscrapers that are part of the Rockefeller Center in Midtown, New York. I visualized the sunlight playing with the shadows created by these massive buildings against a darker sky. Black & White gave the setting its final dimension and did not belittle the descriptive phrase "vertical New York".

The McGraw-Hill Building on the left –also known as 1221 Avenue of the Americas–was built in 1969 and is 51-floor and 674 feet tall (205m).

The building on the right, 1251 Avenue of the Americas or Exxon Building, was completed in 1971 and is the tallest of the two at 750 feet (229m) and 54 stories.

Some may find the architecture and design very bland compared with other NYC skyscrapers, but at the time they were built in the seventies, they represented and epitomized sheer power.


Main subject:

Exxon Building and Mcgraw-Hill Building on Avenue of the Americas, Midtown, Manhattan. Black & White.


Midtown, 49th Street and 6th Avenue, New York, NY, USA


40°45'32.08"N 73°58'54.36"W


Canon 1Ds MarkIII, Canon EF24-70 F/2.8L IS II lens at 24mm