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Eadweard Muybridge

British, 1830–1904

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Eadweard Muybridge

British, 1830–1904

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Eadweard Muybridge, originally a landscape and architectural photographer, is primarily known for his groundbreaking images of animals and people in motion. In 1872, a racehorse owner hired Muybridge to prove that galloping horses hooves were never all fully off the ground at the same time, a proposition that Muybridge's images would disprove. One of his main working methods was to rig a series of large cameras in a line to shoot images automatically as the animals passed. Viewed in a Zoopraxiscope machine, his images laid the foundation for motion pictures and contemporary cinematography.

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and 2 more
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Centre Pompidou, and 4 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Biography

Eadweard Muybridge, originally a landscape and architectural photographer, is primarily known for his groundbreaking images of animals and people in motion. In 1872, a racehorse owner hired Muybridge to prove that galloping horses hooves were never all fully off the ground at the same time, a proposition that Muybridge's images would disprove. One of his main working methods was to rig a series of large cameras in a line to shoot images automatically as the animals passed. Viewed in a Zoopraxiscope machine, his images laid the foundation for motion pictures and contemporary cinematography.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Eadweard Muybridge
How Eadweard Muybridge Gave Us the Moving Image
Jan 10th, 2018
How Eadweard Muybridge Gave Us the Moving Image
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What Does It Take to Capture the Perfect Sports Moment?
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Jul 1st, 2016
13 Photographers Who Captured the Epic Beauty of America’s National Parks
Artsy Insight: Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase
Feb 25th, 2013
Artsy Insight: Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase
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