In 1949, LIFE magazine’s Gjon Mili visited Pablo Picasso in the South of France. Mili, who had experimented in light photography, showed Picasso a few of his photographs of ice skaters jumping in the dark with little lights attached to their skates. This inspired Picasso to create his own images in the air with light and led to a series of photographs of Picasso’s light drawings:
Mili took the photos of Picasso in a darkened room with two cameras, one from the side, the other from the front. He left the shutters open to catch the light swirling through the air.
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