Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge was an English photographer who was a central pioneer in the photographic studies of motion. His photography captured animal movement in a unique manner, which was used by both scientists and artists. His motion photographic experimentation began when he was hired to that all four horse legs during its trot are at one small moment off the ground. Results were slow as Muybridge was constantly distracted: first by having a camera with a slow shutter speed, and second by his murder of his wife’s lover. He was acquitted on the ground of a “justifiable homicide.” He finally finished his experiment and revealed that a horse’s hooves are indeed off the ground for a small moment during its trot. These results were published as artworks. His next most prominent project was another motion study that consisted of photographs featuring humans, both naked and clothed. He captured the forms their bodies took during motion. Muybridge continued to work and publish his results until he retired to his hometown.

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