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Eadweard Muybridge

Born: Kingston-on-Thames, 9 April 1830
Died: Kingston-on-Thames, 8 May 1904
Nationality: English



1867-72 – works as a photographer, often with pseudonym Helios

1868 – publishes Scenery of the Yosemite Valley

1872 – Leland Stanford commissions sequential photographs of his horse trotting

1873 –Muybridge acquitted of murdering his wife’s lover

1877 –designs a fast shutter to capture sequential motion (chronophotography)

1878 – develops zoopraxiscope, a device for projecting sequential photographs to create a moving image

1880s – tours Europe with zoopraxiscope and lantern slides

1884 – begins working at the University of Pennsylvania analyzing human and animal motion using sequential photographs made from banks of cameras

1893 – moving pictures exhibited at World’s Columbian Exposition (Chicago)

1900 – returns to England


USA (1852-60); California (1867-84); Central America (1873)

Commissions from: 

Leland Stanford

Web Resources

National Museum of American History: Edweard Muybridge