Today mark the 182 anniversary Eadweard Muybridge’s birth. Who’s Muybridge you ask and why is everyone from Google to Hatched celebrating?
British-born but American-made, Eadweard Muybridge was a photographer of moving images and the father of the Zoopraxiscope (an early version of the projector). From humans to horses, his stop motion photography showed, for the first time, segmented parts featuring whole and exact bodily movements. Yes, this is pre-cinema on its way to animated images. He is part of a list of inventors, scientists, and artists who created, what we know know as, moving pictures…aka the movies!
Few photographs have had anything like the impact of Eadweard Muybridge’s studies of human and animal locomotion, made in the 1870s and 1880s.They changed things forever and have come to symbolise modernity’s seismic and irreversible shifts in the understanding of vision, the living body, nature, science and art. So singular, so bold, so uncompromising was his project that historical time seems to split into two epochs. There is “before Muybridge” and there is “after Muybridge”. – An excerpt from David Campany’s Moving with the Times essay on Muybridge’s legacy on photography and sereality (from Tate Britain’s 2010 Muybridge exhibition)
This short film created for the Eadweard Muybridge exhibition at Kingston Museum is a great introduction: