Eadweard Muybridge

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Woman walking downstairs. Photo sequence by Eadweard Muybridge.
Animated sequence of a race horse galloping, from photos taken by Eadweard Muybridge.

Eadweard Muybridge (1830 – 1904) was an English photographer who spent much of his life in the United States. He is known for his pioneering work on animal and human locomotion which used multiple cameras to capture motion. He is sometimes called the "father of motion picture".

His photos of humans in motion often show the models naked, so their body movement can be seen better. Many of Muybridge's photographic sequences have been published since the 1950s as artists' reference books. Cartoon animators often use Muybridge's photos as a reference when drawing their characters.

Woman Spanking A Child[edit]

In 1887, Muybridge shot the sequence "Woman Spanking A Child", depicting a nude woman spanking a small (maybe 3-year-old) nude child over her knee in 18 frames while the camera view rotates around the scene. In the USC Digital Library are all 18 plates and also 3 extra plates from this scene.

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Video made from material by Muybridge