Light Painting

Light painting, also known as light graffiti, is a photographic technique in which exposures are made usually at night or in a darkened room by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. In many cases the light source itself does not have to appear in the image. The first known photographer to use this technique was Man Ray in his series ‘Space Writing’ created in 1935.

In 1949 Pablo Picasso was visited by Gjon Mili, known photographer and lighting innovator, who introduced him to some of his photographs of ice skaters with lights attached to their skates. Immediately Picasso started making images in the air with a small flashlight in a dark room. This series of photos became known as Picasso’s ‘light drawings.’ Of these photos, the most celebrated and famous is known as ‘Picasso draws a centaur in the air.’

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