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Iconic 19th century photographer featured this month at the Tate

on Thursday,September 02,2010 21:09

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Those who appreciate the history of photography may want to visit the Tate Britain this month. The museum will be hosting a retrospective on the photographer Eadweard Muybridge. The exhibit will feature 150 of his works and demonstrates how Muybridge headlined the emerging art form of photography during the 19th century.

His iconic photos of animals and humans in motion, as well as depictions of the landscapes and life of America during the late 19th century, demonstrate the ways in which Muybridge created images that continue to resonate with artists and photographers.

Muybridge was the first person to show how a horse lifts all its hooves in the air at the same time when galloping, which is impossible to see with the naked eye. He proved this through his method of using multiple cameras to take motion shots. His "time-lapsed" photographic work is extremely useful to artists as well as photographers, as it shows the exact position of a body and its limbs - whether animal or human - at various points in motion.

He remains one of Britain's most influential photographers.
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