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Picasso Draws Light

Picasso Draws Light

Photographer and lighting innovator Gjon Mili set up a meeting with Picasso in 1949 in the south of France and this meeting would forever be known as Picasso’s light drawings.

Mili shared some prints of some of his own photographs of ice skaters with tiny lights affixed to their skates, and Picasso was immediately intrigued.

“Picasso” LIFE magazine reported at the time, “gave Mili 15 minutes to try one experiment. He was so fascinated by the result that he posed for five sessions, projecting 30 drawings of centaurs, bulls, Greek profiles and his signature. Mili took his photographs in a darkened room, using two cameras, one for side view, another for front view. By leaving the shutters open, he caught the light streaks swirling through space.”

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