Eadweard Muybridge

The Human Figure in Motion

Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904)Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904, born Edward James Muggeridge) was an English photographer, a pioneer in photographic studies of human and animal motion and of photographic technology. He is widely known as one of the most important representatives of early chronophotography. In the upcoming weeks and months I will publish a selection of photographs by Eadweard Muybridge, taken from the third impression of his book “The Human Figure in Motion. An Electro=Photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Muscular Actions” (London, 1907). All the images were first published in 1887 in the collection “Animal Locomotion. An Electro-Photographic Investigation of Connective Phases of Animal Movements.” The work consisted of eleven folio volumes and contained c. 20,000 photographs (!). Around 1900 Muybridge published two books with selected photographs, “Animals in Motion” (Philadelphia, 1899) and “The Human Figure in Motion” (Philadelphia, 1901).

The latter basically consists of two parts: The famous chronophotographic sequences showing a specific movement by one or two persons from two or three points of view, and a chapter with selected, single images or shortened sequences, Muybridge wanted to highlight (titled “Miscellaneous phases of the human figure in motion selected from various seriates; and reproduced on the same scale as originally published in ‘Animal Locomotion’ 1887”).

You can browse the contents and images of the book by the following links or the small menu up right.

+ Introductory / Catalogue of illustrations
+ Sequences
+ Miscellaneous phases of the human figure in motion

Related websites with further informations:

> Eadweard Muybridge: Defining Modernities (Kingston University, Kingston Museum UK)
> The compleat Eadweard Muybridge (Stephen Herbert)
> Eadweard Muybridge: Descriptive Zoopraxography (1893) on Wikisource.org
> Eadweard Muybridge, British photographer (Encyclopædia Britannica online)

Books about Eadweard Muybridge on Amazon.de (Germany):

1. Phaidon 55, kleine Fotoreihe: Eadweard Muybridge
2. Eadweard Muybridge. The Human and Animal Locomotion Photographs
3. The Human Figure in Motion (Dover Anatomy for Artists)
4. River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West
5. Animals in Motion (Dover Anatomy for Artists)
6. Eadweard Muybridge