How Gjon Milis images stood the test of time
by - Geralda Cela

Born on 28th November in 1904, Gjon Mili was an artist who pioneered strobe photography and the moving image in postwar America, where he immigrated to in 1923 from Albania.

Having graduated from MIT as an engineer in 1927, Gjon self-taught photography and using Professor Harold Edgerton new invention of the flash created graceful, cutting-edge images of the moving human form in a single frame that was too quick to be captured by the naked eye.

Offering an intimate look into delicate time capsules of movement and sequences his remarkable images caught the attention of Life images were he spent the majority of his career continuing to create futuristic imagery in fashion, dance, sport, theatre and the art world.

Gjon photographed and worked with everyone from Alfred Hitchock to Picasso and here we take a look back at his stunning work that has stood the test of time – appearing as fascinating to look at now as in they were in the 40s.

Alfred Hitchcock on the set of Shadow of a Doubt
Pool playing in action
For Life magazine by Gjon Mili
Drummer Gene Krupa in Gjon’s studio – 1942
Stroboscopic image of FBI agent Del Bryce drawing his gun & shooting from crouching position.
Stroboscopic image of rope skipping champion Gordon Hathaway in action. – Time magazine
Stroboscopic image of Ballet Master George Balanchine watching New York City Ballet dancers rehearse.
Stroboscopic image of head & shoulders of a model wearing elaborate hat & jewellery.