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Beautiful Stroboscopic Portraits By Gjon Mili

LIFE magazine has a gallery of photographs by the great Gjon Mili, whose famous 1949 portrait of Pablo Picasso creating a “distorted spatial centaur” with a small flashlight graced the pages of the magazine in 1949.

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Pablo Picasso using a small flashlight to "draw" a figure in the air in 1949.

Pablo Picasso using a small flashlight to "draw" a figure in the air in 1949.

Stroboscopic image of FBI agent Del Bryce drawing his gun, 1945.

Stroboscopic image of FBI agent Del Bryce drawing his gun, 1945.

Stroboscopic image of a trick shot by billiards champion Willie Hoppe in 1941.

Stroboscopic image of a trick shot by billiards champion Willie Hoppe in 1941.

Ballerina Nora Kaye performing a pas de bourrée in 1947.

Ballerina Nora Kaye performing a pas de bourrée in 1947.

New York Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell throws a curve ball, 1940.

New York Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell throws a curve ball, 1940.

Choreographer George Balanchine watching New York City Ballet dancers rehearse in 1965.

Choreographer George Balanchine watching New York City Ballet dancers rehearse in 1965.

Dancer and actor Gene Kelly in a multiple-exposure dance sequence from the movie Cover Girl, 1944.

Dancer and actor Gene Kelly in a multiple-exposure dance sequence from the movie Cover Girl, 1944.

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