Galloping Elk (all images from Eadweard Muybridge’s “Descriptive Zoopraxography, or the Science of Animal Locomotion made Popular,”. Motion studies by Eadweard Muybridge. impressions showing images from this important series of studies of people and animals in. English photographer Eadweard Muybridge was a pioneer in visual studies of human and animal locomotion. In , he famously helped settle a bet for former.

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Plate Cockatoo in Flight Plate Elephant Walking Plate Raccoon Walking Plate Nude Men Wrestling Plate Nude Man Playing Cricket Plate Man Leaping Forwards Plate Woman Skipping Over Stones Plate Bison Galloping Plate Pigeon in Flight Plate Baboon Walking on Four Legs Plate Man Lifting Ball to his Shoulder Plate Man Performing a High Jump Plate Man Performing Long Jump Plate Two Men Forging Iron Plate 89 Nude Man Ascending Staircase Plate Mule Kicking Plate Lion Walking Plate Two Elephants Walking Plate Man Lifting Dumbbells Plate Man Leaping Plate Nude Man Playing Tennis Plate 92 Nude Woman Ascending Staircase Plate Stag Running Locomption exhibition will showcase 65 collotype prints made by the artist infrom his influential series “Animal Locomotion”, which features images of dadweard and people captured mid-movement.


Muybridge made his most enduring work in the project “Animal Locomotion” between and for the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Each plate in the locomotiin shows the same subject in sequential phases of one action.

Muybridge recorded varied forms of olcomotion in a wide range of animals, mostly taken at Philadelphia zoo, from pigeons in flight to the subtleties of gait found in sloths, camels and capybaras.

Muybridge also documented human subjects walking, running and descending staircases and engaging in boxing, fencing, weight lifting and wrestling. The works in this exhibition will collectively demonstrate how “Animal Locomotion” broke new ground in terms of both science and the emerging art form of photography.

Muybridge’s work from this period has contributed to the science of physiology and biomechanics and the photographs have had a profound influence on a wide range of artists, including artists Marcel Duchamp, Francis Bacon, Jasper Johns and Cy Twombly. Born in in Kingston upon Thames, Aninal, Muybridge emigrated to America as a young man and worked as a bookseller.

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After being injured in a runaway earweard crash in Texas he returned to the UK for a five-year period where it is thought he took up photography. Upon his return to America, he quickly established a successful career as a landscape photographer, producing dramatic views of both Yosemite and San Francisco. His reputation as being an adventurous and progressive photographer led him to work as both a war and official government photographer.


Inthe former Governor of California, Leland Stanford, hired Muybridge to photograph locomotipn horse galloping, to discover whether the animal’s hooves were lifted off the ground at the same time a popular debate at the time.

In order to photograph the horse at speed, Muybridge engineered a system of multiple cameras with trip wire shutter releases to capture each stage of the movement which proved conclusively, for the very first time, that a galloping horse lifts all four hooves off the ground. This work laid the foundations for “Animal Locomotion”.

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