Eadweard Muybridge in motion

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Tuesday 30 November 2010
Ron Brownson

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Was Eadweard Muybridge the first artist to predict cinema with his work?

If you are in London before 16 January, one show that you should not miss is the Eadweard Muybridge exhibition currently getting rave numbers at Tate Britain. While he was certainly a 19th century artist, the implications of his discoveries remain every bit as gripping and influential as they were a century ago.

Muybridge’s art is a visual template for how photography may combine research and with scientific discovery. His work is utterly innovative.

Background to the exhibit can be found at:
http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/eadweardmuybridge/default.shtm

Michael Wilson writes very well about the many inventions of the artist.

Was Muybridge a scientist, a photographer or an artist? Or was he all three at once?
http://www.tate.org.uk/tateetc/issue20/wilsononmuybridge.htm

David Campany has also written a fascinating essay about the on-going influence of Muybridge’s photo-sequences. You can access this text online:
http://www.tate.org.uk/tateetc/issue20/campanymuybridge.htm

If you want to find out a whole lot of information on Muybridge from one source, I recommend you go straight to:
http://www.muybridgeinkingston.com/

To understand the process of step frame photography check out:
http://muybridgizer.tate.org.uk/

The Muybridgizer is an astonishing user-based network of how the artist’s way of seeing can be applied to the world today. Utilise your iPhone; here is their blurb: “The Muybridgizer allows iPhone photographers to take pictures inspired by the iconic works of early photographer Eadweard Muybridge.”

Here is a link to the Apple itunes application:
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/muybridgizer/id390894338?mt=8