Eadweard Muybridge
British, 1830-1904
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Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected exhibitions
2016
Photography and America’s National Parks,
George Eastman Museum
Wild West: Plains to the Pacific,
Legion of Honor
Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups,
Carnegie Museum of Art

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.