Vintage: Celebrity Self-portraits in Gjon Mili’s studio (1944)

Vintage: Celebrity Self-portraits in Gjon Mili’s studio (1944)


Gjon Mili (1904 – 1984) was an Albanian-American photographer.

Mili spent his childhood in Romania, attending Gheorghe Lazăr National College in Bucharest, later he migrated to United States in 1923. In 1939, Mili started to work as a photographer for Life (a position he held until he died in 1984). Over the years his assignments took him to the Riviera (Picasso); to Prades, France (Pablo Casals in exile); to Israel (Adolf Eichmann in captivity); to Florence, Athens, Dublin, Berlin, Venice, Rome, and to Hollywood to photograph celebrities and artists, sports events, concerts, sculptures and architecture.

Over the course of more than four decades, thousands of his pictures were published by Life.

Actress Geraldine Fitzgerald

Actress Geraldine Fitzgerald. Photo © Gjon Mili—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Makeup artist Perc Westmore

Makeup artist Perc Westmore. Photo © Gjon Mili—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Actor Van Johnson

Actor Van Johnson. Photo © Gjon Mili—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Actor John Garfield

Actor John Garfield. Photo © Gjon Mili—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Actress Joyce Reynolds

Actress Joyce Reynolds. Photo © Gjon Mili—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Actor Robert Alda

Actor Robert Alda. Photo © Gjon Mili—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Actor S. Z. Sakall "Cuddles"

Actor S. Z. Sakall “Cuddles”. Photo © Gjon Mili—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Actress Larraine Day

Actress Larraine Day. Photo © Gjon Mili—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Singer/actor Lauritz Melchior

Singer/actor Lauritz Melchior. Photo © Gjon Mili—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Director Michael Curtiz

Director Michael Curtiz. Photo © Gjon Mili—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images


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