Eadweard Muybridge was an English photographer known for his pioneering work to capture motion. He devised an automatic camera system that would take pictures in a rapid series – the precedent to later motion picture technology. Using his system, Muybridge produced an extensive library of human and animal motion studies.
When I saw the LomoKino movies for the first time, I immediately thought of Eadweard Muybridge’s motion studies and early experiments in photographing rapid action.
Muybridge’s work was specifically created for the purpose of stopping action. It was analytical; he strove to freeze motion, to hold still for our contemplation the most rapid muscular movements of man and beast. In doing so he was unwittingly creating the basis for moving pictures. All that was necessary to recreate the motion he had analyzed was to put the individual photographs in rapid succession before the eyes of an audience.
Within a year of the track demonstration, Muybridge had produced not only the first sequential photos of rapid motion, but also the first machine to project moving photographic images. That novelty, based on a popular children’s toy called the zoetrope, caused nearly as big a stir as the horse photos. Muybridge adapted the zoetrope to reanimate the shooted images.
With 36 cameras operating simultaneously, he and his assistants snapped more than 30,000 photos of adults, children and animals performing almost every imaginable action. For animators and other artists, the images he captured remain a standard reference, a dictionary of movement.
Who will be the future heir of Eadweard Muybridge among LomoKino users?