Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge was born Edward James Muggeridge, in 1830. He died in 1904.


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Muybridge is most famous for his photographs isolating movement in people and animals.

He isolated movement in people playing sport and dancing or doing everyday activities and consequently furthered the scientific study of movement.

Using a number of cameras together, he photographed horses in motion to determine whether all four feet ever left the floor at the same time while galloping. This was something that had intrigued observers, who had been unable through human vision to fragment the movement and prove the point.

I was interested to learn that prior to his confirming that all feet do indeed leave the floor together, at the point that they are underneath the animal, painters had depicted the movement quite differently.The action of a horse galloping was such that it could not be broken down into a series of movements by the human eye, so until the facts were revealed by Muybridge’s photography techniques, artists had to imagine the sequence. It was common to show a horse galloping with all four feet off the floor while its front legs  were extended forwards and its back legs extended backwards.(Wikipedia)

Muybridge is also known for his landscapes; his 1867 images of Yosemite Valley established his reputation.

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At: http://www.muybridge.org/ (Accessed 4 September 2016)


Wikipedia. At: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eadweard_Muybridge. Accessed 4 September 2016

Please see my attempt at ‘dissecting motion’ (course notes p57): EYV Exercise 3.1 The Frozen Moment


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