History of Light Painting


History of Light Painting

Sources: BitBanger Labs (PixelStick)

Other Sources include http://www.lpwalliance.com, http://www.lightpaintingphotography.com and other light painting websites.

“In 1889, artist Georges Demeny created the first known light painting photograph, “Pathological Walk From in Front”, by attaching incandescent bulbs to his assistant’s clothing and taking a long exposure. The technique was groundbreaking and became the touchstone for 125 years of unique and compelling works of art. Photographers have since added colored lights and performed deft physical feats to capture interesting images, but the technology involved has remained remarkably similar to what Demeny used in that first image. Until today.” – BitBanger Labs and the PixelStick

Charleston Noir: 1910

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Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1910. “King Street lights at night.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Jax Noir: 1910

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Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910. “Forsyth Street at night.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Motown Noir 1910

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910. “Campus Martius at night.” A nocturnal view of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Detroit Publishing Company.

Man Ray ~1937

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“Space-Writing”

Pose with writings by light in a glass frame person blurred close-up “On promène une lampe de poche allumée devant une pellicule exposée dans un appareil photographique”

“You make a torch move in front of an exposed film in a camera” (Man Ray Trust http://www.manraytrust.com)

Reversed Image reveals Man Ray’s signature.

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Man Ray

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Jack Delano  ~ 1942-1943

January 1943. Calumet City, Ill. "This signal means stop" 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

January 1943. Calumet City, Ill. “This signal means stop”
4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

Gjon Mili

Gjon Mili & Pablo Picasso ~ 1949

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Picasso’s “Centaur”
Photograph by LIFE photographer Gjon Mili. France 1949.

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Works Cited/ Sources: 

Jack Delano & Noir 1910 Detroit Publishing Company – http://www.shorpy.com/ – Jan 13th, 2013

Detroit Publishing Company –

Jack Delano –

Man Ray Trust – http://www.manraytrust.com/

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