Eadweard Muybridge

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PhotoUtopia Intro: Like many early photographers, Muybridge was fascinated by how photography could show us the world anew; his motion capture is his most famous work, but he also produced stunning panoramas, stereoscopic images and a huge portfolio of simply beautiful work. A great deal of this can be seen at Kingston Museum in West London.

Wikipedia*Eadweard J. Muybridge (9 April 1830 – 8 May 1904), was an English-born photographer who spent much of his life in the United States. He is known for his pioneering work on animal locomotion which used multiple cameras to capture motion, and his zoopraxiscope, a device for projecting motion pictures that pre-dated the flexible perforated film strip.
Muybridge began to build his reputation in 1867 with photos of Yosemite and San Francisco (many of the Yosemite photographs reproduced the same scenes taken by Carleton Watkins). Muybridge quickly gained notice for his landscape photographs, which showed the grandeur and expansiveness of the West. The images were published under the pseudonym “Helios.” In the summer of 1868 Muybridge was commissioned to photograph the Modoc War, one of the U.S. Army's expeditions against west coast Indians.
In 1872, former Governor of California Leland Stanford, a businessman and race-horse owner, had taken a position on a popularly-debated question of the day: whether all four of a horse's hooves are off the ground at the same time during a gallop. Stanford sided with this assertion, called "unsupported transit", and took it upon himself to prove it scientifically. Stanford sought out Muybridge and hired him to settle the question.
Galloping horse set to motion using photos by Eadweard Muybridge.

In 1877, Muybridge settled Stanford's question with a single photographic negative showing Stanford's racehorse Occident airborne in the midst of a gallop. This negative was lost, but it survives through woodcuts made at the time. By 1878, spurred on by Stanford to expand the experiment, Muybridge had successfully photographed a horse in fast motion

Other site: Kingston Museum
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