Little seen imagines of the master of surrealist painting Picasso in collaboration with a lighting innovator.

While we mostly know Pablo Picasso as the father of surrealist painting, it turns out that the art legend also loved to dabble in other mediums. In 1949, LIFE Magazine’s Gjon Mili, a technical wiz and lighting visionary, was sent to visit Picasso in the South of France where they combined artistic efforts to create an amazing set of photographs, rarely seen even today. What provoked these visually arresting pics? According to LIFE:

Picasso gave Mili 15 minutes to try one experiment. He was so fascinated by the result that he posed for five sessions, projecting 30 drawings of centaurs, bulls, Greek profiles and his signature. Mili took his photographs in a darkened room, using two cameras, one for side view, another for front view. By leaving the shutters open, he caught the light streaks swirling through space.

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