2012-12-04

Animating Muybridge

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Beginning in the 1870s, English photographer Eadweard Muybridge utilized the tools of his craft to capture animal and human motion. His exploration of motion through photography motivated certain developments that would be integral to the production of motion pictures. These efforts included some of his own inventions such as the zoopraxiscope and phenakistoscope–both devices that created the illusion of motion utilizing either drawn or photographic series.

To celebrate Muybridge’s pioneering achievements, contemporary enthusiasts have reassembled his early motion images into animated GIFs, enlivening these early efforts at developing motion pictures with retrotechnology of recent vogue.

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