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Multiple exposure of a nude female torso

Gjon Mili, American (born Albania), (11/28/1904–2/14/1984)

Creation date: ca. 1940

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Type: Photographic prints
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Gift of Cam and Wanda Garner
Accession Number: 2020.354
Dimensions: 7 x 13 1/2 in. (17.78 x 34.29 cm)
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Masters of Photography: The Garner Collection, November 14, 2020

Gjon Mili’s experimental approaches to capturing motion were popularized by tabloid magazines like Life. In a technique he called “light drawing,” Mili would secure a small light to a moving appendage, in this case the violinist’s bow, to capture its trail of motion before a full flash revealed the subject in a single exposure. A background in electrical engineering gave Mili the technical know-how to make use of precisely timed flashes and customize light effects, enhancing his work in multiple exposures.

Last Updated: 12/7/2020


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Masters of Photography: Works from the Cam Garner Collection , 11/14/2020 - 3/14/2021

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