Eadweard Muybridge, ‘Animal Locomotion, Plate 626’, 1887, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
image: 23.7 x 30.6 cm (9 5/16 x 12 1/16 in.)  sheet: 48.3 x 61 cm (19 x 24 in.)

Image rights: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

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About Eadweard Muybridge

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.

British, 1830-1904, Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom