Photography

Mili, Gjon (1904 - 1984)

While studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Gjon Mili imagined the concept of stroboscopic photography by combining an electronic flash unit with prolonged exposure times to study movement and gesture, especially that of dancers, musicians and athletes. In the 1940s, he also established what would become light painting images by attaching small lights to the boots of ice skaters. When he met Pablo Picasso in 1949 for a Life magazine assignment, he inspired the artist to create iconic Light Drawings. Alongside his more traditional yet intense portraits of celebrities, Gjon Mili’s play on light enabled him to catch on paper something as intangible as time and space.
 

Tags / Gjon Mili - Albanian-American Photographer - 1940s - Portrait - Light - Technology - Movement
Gjon Mili, Billie Holiday, 1944
Gjon Mili, Billie Holiday, 1944
Gjon Mili, Lindy Hop Dance, 1943
Gjon Mili, Lindy Hop Dance, 1943
Gjon Mili, Double Exposure of Models Wearing Hat with Heavy Face Veil, 1946
Gjon Mili, Double Exposure of Models Wearing Hat with Heavy Face Veil, 1946
Gjon Mili, Alicia Alonso & Igor Youskevitch, 1947
Gjon Mili, Alicia Alonso & Igor Youskevitch, 1947
Gjon Mili, Cleveland Indians Pitcher Bob Feller, 1940
Gjon Mili, Cleveland Indians Pitcher Bob Feller, 1940
Gjon Mili, Dark Moody Dancer on Beach from Anita John School, 1936
Gjon Mili, Dark Moody Dancer on Beach from Anita John School, 1936
Gjon Mili, Karamu House Performance; a Negro Art Center in Cleveland, date unknown
Gjon Mili, Karamu House Performance; a Negro Art Center in Cleveland, date unknown
Gjon Mili, Model Dorian Leigh Wearing White Organdy Shirt with Full Print Skirt by Ceil Chapman, 1950
Gjon Mili, Model Dorian Leigh Wearing White Organdy Shirt with Full Print Skirt by Ceil Chapman, 1950
Gjon Mili, Duke Ellington Jam Session, 1943
Gjon Mili, Duke Ellington Jam Session, 1943
Gjon Mili, Fashion Shot of Model in Raincoat Holding Umbrella, 1943
Gjon Mili, Fashion Shot of Model in Raincoat Holding Umbrella, 1943
Gjon Mili, Three Showgirls from Latin Quarter, 1947
Gjon Mili, Three Showgirls from Latin Quarter, 1947
Gjon Mili, Stroboscopic of Model Clad in Girdle, Bra, Stockings and Negligee Seated at Dressing Table and Moving to Pick Up Slippers, 1945
Gjon Mili, Stroboscopic of Model Clad in Girdle, Bra, Stockings and Negligee Seated at Dressing Table and Moving to Pick Up Slippers, 1945
Gjon Mili, Multiple Exposure of Alicia Alonso, date unknown
Gjon Mili, Multiple Exposure of Alicia Alonso, date unknown
Gjon Mili, Double Exposure, Model Spring Dress, Hat with Veil, Carrying Fur Scarf, 1946
Gjon Mili, Double Exposure, Model Spring Dress, Hat with Veil, Carrying Fur Scarf, 1946
Gjon Mili, Double Exposure, Model with Swirling Evening Dress over Close up of Her Head with Faux Jewel Hair, 1946
Gjon Mili, Double Exposure, Model with Swirling Evening Dress over Close up of Her Head with Faux Jewel Hair, 1946
Gjon Mili, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin & unident. man during recording session for movie
Gjon Mili, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin & unident. man during recording session for movie "Come Blow Your Horn.", 1963
Gjon Mili, Billie Holiday, James P. Johnson,
Gjon Mili, Billie Holiday, James P. Johnson, "Fine and Mellow", 1943
Gjon Mili, Stroboscopic image of choreographer Martha Graham performing in Punch and Judy, 1941
Gjon Mili, Stroboscopic image of choreographer Martha Graham performing in Punch and Judy, 1941
Gjon Mili, Choreographer Martha Graham performing some of her own work at Mili Studio, 1941
Gjon Mili, Choreographer Martha Graham performing some of her own work at Mili Studio, 1941
Gjon Mili, Silvana Mangano on the set of
Gjon Mili, Silvana Mangano on the set of "Tempestdirected" by Alberto Lattuada, 1958
Gjon Mili, Dovima, 1946
Gjon Mili, Dovima, 1946
Gjon Mili, Fashion Ad for Saks Fifth Avenue, 1946
Gjon Mili, Fashion Ad for Saks Fifth Avenue, 1946
Gjon Mili, Juliette Greco performing at the Waldorf Astoria, 1957
Gjon Mili, Juliette Greco performing at the Waldorf Astoria, 1957
Gjon Mili, Sal Mineo in
Gjon Mili, Sal Mineo in "Exodus" directed by Otto Preminger, 1960
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso in Minotaur mask, 1949
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso in Minotaur mask, 1949
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso, 1949
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso, 1949
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso "draws with light", 1949
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso "draws with light", 1949
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso "draws with light", 1949
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso "draws with light", 1949
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso "draws with light", 1949
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso, 1949
Gjon Mili, Pablo Picasso, 1949
Gjon Mili, Silvana Mangano on the set of
Gjon Mili, Silvana Mangano on the set of "5 Branded Women" directed by Martin Ritt, 1960
Gjon Mili, Dorothy Dandridge in
Gjon Mili, Dorothy Dandridge in "Porgy and Bess" directed by Otto Preminger, 1959
Gjon Mili, Henri Matisse, alone, at his home in Nice w. some of his stained glass panels in bkgrd, december 1948
Gjon Mili, Henri Matisse, alone, at his home in Nice w. some of his stained glass panels in bkgrd, december 1948
Gjon Mili, Henri Matisse, alone, seated at easel displaying one off his drawings at his home in Nice, december 1948
Gjon Mili, Henri Matisse, alone, seated at easel displaying one off his drawings at his home in Nice, december 1948
Gjon Mili, Henri Matisse, alone, using brush on long extension rod, as he does drawing for strained glass window design, december 1948
Gjon Mili, Henri Matisse, alone, using brush on long extension rod, as he does drawing for strained glass window design, december 1948
Gjon Mili, Henri Matisse at his easel drawing from live model seated partially out of view; one of his stained glass panels in bkgrd, december 1948
Gjon Mili, Henri Matisse at his easel drawing from live model seated partially out of view; one of his stained glass panels in bkgrd, december 1948
Gjon Mili, Elizabeth Taylor on the set of
Gjon Mili, Elizabeth Taylor on the set of "The Night of the Iguana", Mexico, 1963
Gjon Mili, Henri Matisse, alone, seated in his bed, some of his work spread out before him, drawing in space with light-tipped pen, december 1948
Gjon Mili, Henri Matisse, alone, seated in his bed, some of his work spread out before him, drawing in space with light-tipped pen, december 1948
Gjon Mili, Alfred Hitchcock, 1942
Gjon Mili, Alfred Hitchcock, 1942
Gjon Mili, Cristobal Balenciaga, 1951
Gjon Mili, Cristobal Balenciaga, 1951
Gjon Mili, Jane Fonda for Life, 1961
Gjon Mili, Jane Fonda for Life, 1961
Gjon Mili, Dorian Leigh wearing deep open back slim sheath dress by Dior, New York, 1950
Gjon Mili, Dorian Leigh wearing deep open back slim sheath dress by Dior, New York, 1950
Gjon Mili, Frank Loesser on the set of
Gjon Mili, Frank Loesser on the set of "Guys and Dolls" directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1955
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Gene Kelly, 1944
Gjon Mili, Sue Lyon on the set of
Gjon Mili, Sue Lyon on the set of" The night of the iguana" directed by John Huston, 1964
Gjon Mili, Russ Tamblyn on the set of
Gjon Mili, Russ Tamblyn on the set of "West side story" directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, 1961
Gjon Mili, Paul Robeson and Jose Ferrer in
Gjon Mili, Paul Robeson and Jose Ferrer in "Othello", 1944
Gjon Mili, Alexander Calder, 1968
Gjon Mili, Alexander Calder, 1968
Gjon Mili, Alexander Calder, 1968
Gjon Mili, Alexander Calder, 1968
Gjon Mili, Edith Piaf, 1956
Gjon Mili, Edith Piaf, 1956
Gjon Mili, Juliette Greco on the set of
Gjon Mili, Juliette Greco on the set of "The Big Gamble" directed by Richard Fleischer and Elmo Williams, 1961
Gjon Mili, Jeanne Moreau on the set of
Gjon Mili, Jeanne Moreau on the set of "Five Branded Women" directed by Martin Ritt,1960
Gjon Mili, Jane Fonda, 1961
Gjon Mili, Jane Fonda, 1961
Gjon Mili, Mikhail Baryshnikov and choreographer Twyla Tharp, 1975
Gjon Mili, Mikhail Baryshnikov and choreographer Twyla Tharp, 1975
Gjon Mili, Dr. Harold E. Edgerton taking stroboscopic picture of Joe Maniaci, ace running back of the Chicago Bears, kicking a football, 1939
Gjon Mili, Dr. Harold E. Edgerton taking stroboscopic picture of Joe Maniaci, ace running back of the Chicago Bears, kicking a football, 1939
Gjon Mili, Powder Puff, 1945
Gjon Mili, Powder Puff, 1945
Gjon Mili, Le Savoy, New York, 1949
Gjon Mili, Le Savoy, New York, 1949
Gjon Mili, Roy Eldridge, 1941
Gjon Mili, Roy Eldridge, 1941
Gjon Mili, Martha Graham (Punch and Judy), 1942
Gjon Mili, Martha Graham (Punch and Judy), 1942
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