by Mareike Muller in New Art on Tuesday 18 December 2012

Light painter Gjon Mili is one of the pioneers in the use of stoboscopic instruments in order to create outstanding images. He and his unique photoflash techniques are very well known and still very much used in today´s light painting photography.

By his way of experimenting with small lights, for instance, attached to the boots of ice skaters he created what would be an inspiration for many of the most famous light painting images ever taken. In 1949, Mili sent some examples of his work to Pablo Picasso, who felt immediately inspired and that’s actually how this series Light Drawings was born: Picasso painting with a penlight captured by Mili.