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Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge Considered the "Father of the motion picture."


Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge, Daisy jumping a hurdle, saddled, preparing for the leap from Animal Locomotion

Library of Congress 1887
San Francisco photographer, Eadweard Muybridge conducted motion-sequence still photographic experiments and is often called the "Father of the motion picture" even though he did not make films in the manner we know them as today.

Invention of the Zoopraxiscope

Eadweard Muybridge developed a fast camera shutter and used other state-of-the-art techniques of his day to make the first photographs that show sequences of movement. In 1879, the Zoopraxiscope was developed by Eadweard Muybridge, which projected a series of images in successive phases of movement obtained through the use of multiple cameras.In Eadweard Muybridge's most famous motion studies, a row of cameras snapped a dozen or more photographs of a passing horse; the public was astonished to see proof that a trotting horse can simultaneously have all four hooves off the ground. For this experiment Muybridge devised a fast camera shutter and used a new, more sensitive photographic process, both of which dramatically reduced exposure time and produced crisp images of moving objects.

Eadweard Muybridge was born and died in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England. The majority of his work as a professional photographer and innovator occurred in America.

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