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Muybridge. The Human and Animal Locomotion Photographs

Hardcover, 5.7 x 7.7 in., 2.82 lb, 704 pages
US$ 20
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The life and work of Eadweard Muybridge (1830–1904), pioneer in the visual studies of animal and human movement. With a detailed chronology and numerous plates, this book features in particular many images from the groundbreaking Animal Locomotion, as well as from Muybridge's handmade and extremely rare first album, The Attitudes of Animals in Motion.

Life in motion

The forerunner of the moving image

English photographer Eadweard Muybridge (1830–1904) is a pioneer in visual studies of human and animal locomotion. In 1872, he famously helped settle a bet for former California governor Leland Stanford by photographing a galloping horse. Muybridge invented a complex system of electric shutter releases that captured freeze frames—proving conclusively, for the first time, that a galloping horse lifts all four hooves off the ground for a fraction of a second. For the next three decades, Muybridge continued his quest to fully catalog many aspects of human and animal movement, shooting hundreds of horses and other animals, —as well as nude or draped subjects engaged in various activities such as running, walking, boxing, fencing, and descending a staircase (the latter study inspired Marcel Duchamp’s famous 1912 painting).

This book traces the life and work of Muybridge, from his early thinking about anatomy and movement to his latest photographic experiments. Many plates of Muybridge’s groundbreaking Animal Locomotion (1887) are reproduced here. In addition, Muybridge’s handmade and extremely rare first illustrated album, The Attitudes of Animals in Motion (1881), is reproduced in large part. A detailed chronology by British researcher Stephen Herbert throws new light on one of the most important pioneers of photography.
The author

Hans Christian Adam studied psychology, art history and communication in Göttingen and Vienna. As a specialist in historical images, he has published numerous articles and books, including titles on travel and war photography. He is the author of TASCHEN’s Edward Sheriff Curtis: The North American Indian, Karl Blossfeldt, and Eugène Atget: Paris.

Muybridge.
The Human and Animal Locomotion Photographs
Hardcover, 5.7 x 7.7 in., 2.82 lb, 704 pages
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Muybridge.
The Human and Animal Locomotion Photographs
US$ 20
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