Saks Fifth Avenue Shot

c. 1946, Printed c. 1946
Silver gelatin photograph

Titled in ink with photographer’s address stamp and Time Inc copyright stamp on print verso.

Frame: 18 1/2 x 21 inches

Gjon Mili’s “Saks Fifth Avenue Shot” exemplifies his mastery of the stroboscopic technique, showcasing a series of images capturing a woman’s fluid golf swing. Through meticulous staging and precise timing, Mili freezes each stage of the swing— from the initial lift of the club to its impact with the ground and the subsequent follow-through. The stroboscopic effect, achieved through rapid flashes of light, offers a mesmerizing glimpse into the intricate mechanics of the golfer’s motion, revealing nuances that would otherwise be imperceptible to the naked eye. Mili’s innovative approach not only highlights the grace and athleticism of the golfer but also demonstrates the artistic and scientific potential of high-speed photography in capturing the beauty of human movement.