Picture of the Week #46: Eadweard Muybridge at Tate Britain

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If you’re passing by Tate Britain between 8th September and 16th January, you’ll have the chance to catch an exhibition of photographs by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), pioneering chronophotographer and proto-animator, creator of the zoopraxiscope. The exhibition promises to cover the full range of his art, though he remains most famous for his sequential studies of human and animal locomotion, produced using an array of cameras timed to record the incremental the stages of a catalogue of movements and activities. It promises to be a wonderful opportunity to examine his work in more depth, and especially to see a 17-foot panoramic photograph of San Francisco, rather more impressive than the version shown below (click for a large, but not that large, view):


4 thoughts on “Picture of the Week #46: Eadweard Muybridge at Tate Britain

  1. Thanks, JAFB. Earlier this summer, I posted two months’ worth of ‘Picture of the Week’ (cheating, I know) so that they’d run while I was away, and because there was more time before the start of term. I’ve forgotten what they were, so it’s a nice surprise to see the pics come up on a Friday.

    The Andersen film about Muybridge is superb, and I’m surprised it isn’t getting more attention with all the Muybridge fuss at the moment. It was made in 1974, and Andersen might regret beginning it with a quotation from Mao Zedong, something which really dates it. The biographical information it contains is well worn, but the great stuff comes in the second half, where he effectively does an audio commentary on animations of the animal locomotion sequences. It’s really beautiful.

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