28. January 2020

Eadweard Muybridge: The Human Figure in Motion. Miscellaneous phases (1887/1901)

Eadweard Muybridge’s work “The Human Figure in Motion” (first published in 1901) contains not only his famous chronographical sequences that document the human body movement in a perfectly timed series of photographs (see also here for the sequences), but also an extensive appendix with more than 300 selected single images.

Aim of this selection of single shots is to focus on or to compare individual phases of the human body movement – and to offer a concise and at the same time more precise view of interesting movement phases.

In the following, 307 of a total of 348 individual images have been reproduced. The movement studies of children again havent been digitized. Since the reproduction of the pictures in the two galleries correspond to the original arrangement in the book, some of the sequences seem to be backwards. However, this is what is wanted.

All of the pictures shown in “The Human Figure in Motion” were first published in Muybridge’s major work “Animal Locomotion. An Electro-Photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements ” and originally made in the years 1872-1885 (!).





Original title/source: The Human Figure in Motion. An Electro=Photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Muscular Actions. Third impression. pp. 193-271.

Chapter title: 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

Type of publication: Large-format illustrated book with a solid cover and accompanying text, chronophotographical documentation with monographic character; images rasterized

Technique: Chronophotography, burst mode

Artist/Photograph: Eadweard Muybridge

Editor: Eadweard Muybridge

Publisher: Chapman & Hall, LD (London)

Date of publication: 1907 (first published in 1901, pictures first published in 1887)

Date of creation: 1872-1885

Number of images: 348 single images, 307 reproduced here

Original size publication: approx. 31 x 25 cm (approx. 12 x 10 inch)

Original size images/views: varying sizes

Place (depicted/shown): non-existent

Subjects, depicted or mentioned persons: Chronophotography, movement studies, movement sequences, human body, nude photography, sport, work

GND entry Artist/Photograph: http://d-nb.info/gnd/118735438

Wikidata entry Artist/Photograph: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q190568

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