History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

23 May, 2012


A stroboscopic photograph is created by using an open shutter, a strobe light, and a moving subject-- each flash of the strobe light creates an exposure on the film of that specific moment in the movement, so the final photograph is a collection of moments in the movement. A master of this technique was photographer Gjon Mili (who we shall return to); today, some of his best. All photographs taken in his own NYC studio, as far as I know.

From the LIFE archives.

Ballerina Nora Kaye does a pas de bourree, 1947. Source

Gene Kelly does a dance sequence, 1944. Source

A little girl skips, 1941. Source

Ballet dancer Hugh Laing does a grand jete, 1944. Source

An FBI agent draws his gun and shoots, 1945. Source

Drummer Gene Krupka does his thing, 1941. Source

A woman golfs, 1946. Source

Alfred Hitchcock walks, 1942. Source

A woman in elaborate hat and jewellery turns her head, 1946. Source

A little girl walking and smiling, 1946. Source

A colour nude study, undated. Source

A woman drops her arm onto a bed, 1943. Source

Ballerina Nora Kaye leaps, 1947. Source

Dancer Ethel Butler performs, 1941. Source

Gene Kelly again, with a grande jetee, 1944. Source

Choreographer Martha Graham performs her own work, 1941. Source

A nude descending a staircase-- a brilliant nod to Marcel Duchamp's famous painting. 1942.  Source


P2P said...

fantastic post! thank you

Anonymous said...

these are great!

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