Thursday, 9 April 2020

gait, gallop and canter

Born on this day in 1830 (†1904) in Kingston upon Thames, Eadweard Muybridge (previously), adopting the archaic Anglo-Saxon spelling of his name and immigrating to New York and then San Francisco originally as a bookseller, would eventually become a pioneer in photography and projection, his studies in kinetics contributing to the development of motion pictures.
Aside from documenting Yosemite, the Alaskan territory and the American West, apprenticeships at dude ranches and at some of the country’s great zoological gardens and menageries furthered his interest in biomechanics and animal locomotion, leading to his stroboscopic inventions (the zoöpraxiscope and the phenakistoscope) in the early 1880s that displayed fluid movements on a rotating disk.