Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Horse in Motion, Edweard Muybridge, photograph, 1888

Muybridge, upon arriving in the United States from England, changed his name numerous times, including to Eduardo Santiago, the spanish equivalent to his name.  His photography career was oriented mainly towards capturing motion, as seen here in The Horse in Motion.  However, he also used the same technique to capture to running movement of a bison, as well as two people dancing. This idea became highly significant to the progress of the art of photography by sparking ideas and thoughts in regards to motion picture.  He influenced many after him, and ironically enough, as he was the quintessential precursor of motion picture, a 1950s motion picture documentary of his life was made. Both the inventor, William Dickson, and the patented inventor, Thomas Edison, of the first motion picture camera, credit Muybridge as an influence.

The picture, to me, seems far more impressive when one picture is shown at a time, thus making it appear more so as a motion picture, as opposed to twelve picture organized in three rows of four.  Regardless, however, there still a substantial amount of credit due to Mr. Muybridge.  Photography was taken to a completely new level of respect and regard than before, as Muybridge had used it to answer a question scientists had long been debating.  The camera now could be used for many purposes, such as documentation, an art form, and even as a scientific tool. Muybridge was able to transform the camera, and the art of photography, into something new, and that, is something to be revered.

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