Gjon Mili (1904-1984, Albanian-American)

Carl Mydans Gjon Mili and his cat Blackie, 1944 From Gjon Mili Photographs and Recollections, cats in photographs, famous cats

Carl Mydans Gjon Mili and his cat Blackie, 1944 From Gjon Mili Photographs and Recollections

Gjon Mili (1904-1984) was an Albanian-American photographer best known for his contributions to LIFE magazine which spanned for over four decades. Mili arrived in the United States in 1923 to study engineering at MIT where he graduated in 1927. Using his engineering background, Mili began his career as a photographer in 1939 after pioneering the use of stroboscopic light and electric flash, a technique which captures a subject’s movement through time and shows multiple images on a single film frame. Consequently, many of his photographs reveal the graceful movement of his subjects. Mili’s photograph of Picasso drawing with light drew attention to this innovative method, and this technique can especially be seen in his photographs of his black cat Blackie in the 1940’s. An assistant to Edward Weston, they seem to have shared a love of cats. The French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (another cat-lover), commenting on Mr. Mili’s work, said, ”I admire his sense of economy, his respect for craftsmanship and his distaste for pretensions.”

 

Blackie, Gjon Mili 1940's, cats in photos, cats in art, art cats

Blackie
1940’s

 

G. Mili's cat Blackie 1943

Blackie
1943

 

Gjon MIli's cat Blackie 1943, cats in photography, famous cats

Blackie
1943

 

Gjon Mili, Portrait of Blackie, Gjon Mili's cat, 1943.

Blackie
1943

 

Gjon Mili's cat Blackie playing w. toy mouse.

Blackie Playing with a Toy Mouse

 

Portrait of cat Blackie, Gjon Mili's cat. Gjon Mili, New York, 1943. Source LIFE Photo Archive,

Blackie

 

Cat Portrait of Blackie, G Mili's cat. New York, 1943. Source LIFE Photo Archive

 

G Mili's cat Blackie, photos of cats

Blackie

 

Artist Saul Steinberg w. Gjon Mili's cat Blackie in front of mural he is painting

Artist Saul Steinberg with Gjon Mili’s cat Blackie in front of mural he is painting.

 

Mili's cat Blackie looking at himself in a Steinberg mural. black cats

Mili’s cat Blackie looking at himself in a Steinberg mural.

 

Author Betty Smith with G. Mili's cat Blackie

Author Betty Smith with Blackie

 

Blackie Sitting with Opera Singer Jennie Tourel, black cats

Blackie Sitting with Opera Singer Jennie Tourel

 

Dancer Katherine Dunhan Playing with Blackie 1943, black cats, famous cats

Dancer Katherine Dunhan Playing with Blackie
1943

 

Gjon Mili's cat Blackie nibbling young acrobat's foot as she does a handstand 1943

Gjon Mili’s cat Blackie nibbling young acrobat’s foot as she does a handstand 1943.

 

Gjon Mili's Cat Blackie Being Hugged by Nightclub Entertainer Maune de Revel

Blackie Being Hugged by Nightclub Entertainer Maune de Revel

 

The Photographer's Cat. Gjon Mili, black cats, famous cats

Blackie with Bride

 

Blackie sitting atop table held in unidentified man’s teeth. 1943, black cats in photos, famous cats

Blackie sitting atop table held in unidentified man’s teeth.
1943

 

Mili's Blackie steps gingerly amoung empty glasses left on top of the piano after an all night jam session. black cats

Blackie steps gingerly amoung empty glasses left on top of the piano after an all night jam session.

 

Blackie, one more cool cat in Gjon Mili's studio, black cats, famous cats

Blackie, one more cool cat in Gjon Mili’s studio

 

Gjon Mili, Anatomy Of A Murder, 1959. Source LIFE Photo Archive, hosted by Google. Otto Preminger looking at stray cats on Venice street, cats in photos, famous cats, cats in film, cats in cinema

Anatomy Of A Murder, 1959. Source LIFE Photo Archive, Otto Preminger looking at stray cats on Venice street

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