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Eadweard Muybridge

Plate 143 from Animal Locomotion

Eadweard Muybridge was born in Kingston, England in 1830.
He died in 1904.

Known for:
Action photographs of human and animal locomotion; Animal Locomotion.

Most Popular Images:
"Galloping Horse" (first motion study); "Man Boxing"; "Woman with Cup, plate 143"

Did you know ... ?
• During the mid-1860s, Muybridge was appointed Director of Photographic Surveys for the United States Government.
• Supposedly prompted by a wager concerning a horse's gait made by ex-California governor Leland Stanford, Muybridge made his well-known study of a galloping horse in 1872.
• Some consider Muybridge the father of the motion pictures.

“I am going to make a name for myself. If I fail, you will never hear of me again." - ca. 1852

General Format:
17" x 23" Collotypes and 16" x 20" Albumen landscapes (Yosemite)

How many photographs exist?
Animal Locomotion was printed in an edition of approximately 200.

$250 - $12,500

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How are the photographs printed and signed?
The photographs have a studio stamp au recto or are unsigned.

All of Muybridge's photographs are vintage. Vintage means that the print date is at or near the same time as the negative date.

Technical Information:
Muybridge's continuing work with models in motion eventually led to his invention of the "zoopraxiscope," a moving picture machine that showed a rapid succession of images.

Animal Locomotion

Books - In Print:
Muybridge: Complete Human -
Vols. I and II

A Gallery for Fine Photography has a wonderful selection of Muybridge's photographs.

Price History:
1975: $100 - $250
1985: $350 - $3,500
1995: $550 - $12,500

Plate 569 from Animal Locomotion

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