Eadweard Muybridge, ‘Woman jumping over barrier’, 1887, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of Frederick P. Currier and Amy McCombs

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