Animal Locomotion

by by Christina McCausland

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Woman walking down stairs"]Muybridge[/caption]

Today is early photographer Eadweard Muybridge's 182nd birthday, and Google has a doodle in recognition of his pioneering motion studies. He's known for capturing the unperceivable details of a horse trotting, which revealed that there is a point in the motion where all four of the horse's hooves are off the ground simultaneously, as well as for his invention of the zoopraxiscope (basically a stop-motion projector), but I think his photographs of people performing everyday actions (often nude and in front of a grid) are bizarre and compelling, especially given the Victorian cultural context.