Eadweard Muybridge - The Man Who Captured Time

09 Apr 2020  Thu

A British photographer, Eadweard Muybridge is known for his pioneering work in the use of multiple cameras to capture motion.

Born on April 9th, 1830, in England, he moved to San Francisco in 1855 as a publisher’s agent and bookseller. He began to build his reputation as a photographer in 1867 with photos of Yosemite and San Francisco and in 1868 was commissioned to photograph one of the U.S. Army’s expeditions. Today, Muybridge is known for his pioneering work on animal locomotion in 1877 and 1878, which used multiple cameras to capture motion in stop-motion photographs. He also invented the zoopraxiscope, a device to project motion pictures that pre-dated film.

The Postal Service of America United States honored late-nineteenth-century pioneers of modern communication with the issuance of four 32 cent Pioneers of Communication commemorative stamps in 1996. The above-shown stamp features the portrait of Eadweard Muybridge combined with his signature in the foreground. It also depicts Motion-picture photography of a galloping horse performed by Eadweard Muybridge in 1878. He used an array of cameras to obtain a sequence of shots to determine whether the horse's feet were all off the ground at once.

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