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Eadweard Muybridge, British, (1830–1904)
Motion Study: Woman Walking Dog, 1887
Collotype on paper
20 in. x 24 in. (50.8 cm x 60.96 cm)

Object Type: Photography
Technique: Collotype
Credit Line: Gift of Sharon Walther Blasgen '64 and Michael Blasgen
Accession Number: 2005.11.14

Credit, date and plate number (449) printed in the margin.

Object Description
In 1867 Muybridge was hired by Leland Stanford, then governor of California, to photographically prove that at some point during a horse’s gallop all four feet are off the ground. To help Stanford, Muybridge designed a faster shutter and a shorter exposure technique for capturing motion photographs. He also performed additional experiments using up to 24 cameras to capture motion, and designed a projecting device for drawings derived from his photographs called a 'zoopraxiscope'. Not only did Muybridge’s discoveries help Stanford win his bet, but his work allowed him to illustrate how artists in the past had inaccurately represented motion in their paintings and drawings. Today Muybridge's photographic innovations are considered a precursor to modern motion pictures.

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