Picasso’s Light Drawings, 1949

When two creative minds unite and create something, the results are always more than likely purely fascinating.

This is exactly what happened when LIFE magazine photograhper Gjon Mili showed Pablo Picasso his work. It sparked something in Picasso’s mind, and then suddenly like a quick lightning strike, they cam up with the idea of drawing with light. Picasso to draw, Mili to capture.

The results were extraordinary. But how were they achieved? In the LIFE magazine feature, it explains:

This series of photographs, known ever since as Picasso’s “light drawings,” were made with a small electric light in a darkened room; in effect, the images vanished as soon as they were created — and yet they still live, six decades later, in Mili’s playful, hypnotic images. Many of them were also put on display in early 1950 in a show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

All images via LIFE magazine by Gjon Mili


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