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date: 16 December 2019

Muybridge, Eadweard [Muggeridge, Edward James ]locked

(b Kingston-on-Thames, April 9, 1830; d Kingston-on-Thames, May 8, 1904).
  • J. P. Ward

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[Muggeridge, Edward James ]

(b Kingston-on-Thames, April 9, 1830; d Kingston-on-Thames, May 8, 1904).

English photographer, active in the USA. He was the first to analyse motion successfully by using a sequence of photographs and resynthesizing them to produce moving pictures on a screen. His work has been described as the inspiration behind the invention of the motion picture.

Born Edward James Muggeridge, he immigrated around 1852 to the USA, where he first worked for a firm of publishers and later became a book dealer. After a stagecoach accident in Texas in 1860, he returned to England, where he took up photography. By 1867 he was back in California, describing himself as ‘Eadweard Muybridge, artist–photographer’. During the next five years he took over 2000 photographs, selling many of them under the pseudonym Helios. Muybridge made his name as a photographer with a successful series of views, Scenery of the Yosemite Valley, published in 1868. In 1872 he was commissioned by a former governor of California, ...

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