miércoles, 26 de agosto de 2009

Gjon Mili

Gjon Mili fotógrafo de LIFE visitó a Picasso en 1949. Mili el artista mostró algunas de sus fotografías con luces diminutas. La serie de fotografías de Picasso-que sigue a la luz de los dibujos-se hicieron con una pequeña linterna en un cuarto oscuro, las imágenes casi desaparecidas en el momento en que fueron creadas

Gjon Mili was born in Kerce, Albania. He emigrated to the USA in 1923 and studied electrical engineering at MIT. He carried out research in lighting at Westinghouse Electric in Cambridge (1928-1938) and worked on experiments in high-speed photography with Harold E Edgerton at MIT. Self-taught in photography, Gjon Mili was the first to use electronic flash and stroboscopic light to create photographs that had more than scientific interest. Since the late 1930s, his pictures of dance, athletics, and musical and theatrical performances have astonished and delighted millions of viewers, revealing the beautiful intricacy and graceful flow of movement too rapid or too complex for the eye to discern. His portraits of artists, musicians, and other notables are less visually spectacular, but equally masterful. In 1939, Mili became a freelance photographer working for LIFE and other magazines. He lived in New York City and his work was frequently exhibited. In the course of more than four decades, literally thousands of his pictures were published by LIFE as well as other publications. Gjon Mili is the one photographer who has formed our contemporary visual understanding of movement, both in the direct example of his pictures and in the influence his work has had on all action photographers who have come after him. His book Photographs and Recollections is a summary of his fifty years of work in photography.


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