Muybridge, The Attitudes of Animals in Motion
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Have you ever wondered what it took to take a photograph in the 1800s?

A conversation with Dr. Mazie M. Harris, Assistant Curator, Department of Photographs, Getty Museum and Dr. Steven Zucker, Executive Director, Smarthistory, at Getty Center in front of The Attitudes of Animals in Motion, photographed, 1878–79; printed 1881, Eadweard J. Muybridge. Iron salt process, 19.5 x 24.7 x 3.1 cm. Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Eadweard J. Muybridge’s The Attitudes of Animals in Motion is a great example of how photography changed our understanding of the world, with the ability to capture what the naked eye cannot see.

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Irma B. Jaffe and Gernando Colombardo, “The Flying Gallop: East and West,” The Art Bulletin, vol. 65, no. 2 (June 1983), pp.183–200.

Eadweard Muybridge, Animals in Motion (London: Chapman and Hall, 1899).; Eadweard Muybridge, Animal Locomotion: The Muybridge Work at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1888).

Phillip Prodger, Time Stands Still: Muybridge and the Instantaneous Photography Movement (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).

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