1872-1885 / by Eadweard Muybridge ; published under the auspices of the University of Pennsylvania ; Plates: the plates printed by the Photogravure company of New York.781 plates. The plates are numbered consecutively and supplied only with two title-pages (v. A detailed list of holdings is available in the department.
Animal locomotion : an electro-photographic investigation of consecutive phases of animal movements.
Muybridge’s connection with Philadelphia began as correspondence with Thomas Eakins, artist and professor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and with Fairman Rogers, an accomplished horseman as well as a former Penn engineering professor and trustee of both Penn and the Academy.
In 1883, Rogers invited Muybridge to give two lectures on his photography at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Philadelphia’s Academy of Music.
While he continued to produce panoramic landscape shots, such as a series of photographs of San Francisco taken in 1878 for Mrs.
Leland Stanford, Muybridge now focused on the study of animals in motion, a new venture in the field of science and photography. Hittell ; illustrated with twenty photographic views taken by "Helios" and a map of the valley.13 photos, mounted on one sheet of cloth to form one panoramic view. The attitudes of animals in motion: a series of photographs illustrating the consecutive positions assumed by animals in performing various movements; executed at Palo Alto, California, in 18. Yosemite, its wonders and its beauties : with information adapted to the wants of tourists about to visit the valley / by John S. Accompanied by flat box containing the following: 1) 8 x 10" negatives of plates 1-13 2) 2 sets of prints of plates 1-13 3) Partial set of prints of plates 4) Booklet published by Wells Fargo Bank in 1979 entitled San Francisco 1878 : portrait of the city by Eadweard Muybridge.This essay provides background context for the University of Pennsylvania Archives’ Eadweard Muybridge Collection, which includes an almost complete set of the Muybridge’s interest in animal locomotion stemmed from his work in California during the 1870s.The English-born Muybridge was known as a landscape photographer in the American West, when, in 1872 he came to the attention of Leland Stanford, head of the Union Pacific Railroad and one-time Governor of California.White strings hung on the back wall of the shed to form a grid to measure the movement of a human or animal as it passed through the frames.During the time he worked on this project, Muybridge improved his photographic techniques by using dry plate technology, rather than the wet plate technology he had previously used.In 1879 he devised a “zoopraxic” device so that his action photographs could be transformed into moving pictures projected on a screen; this invention plus Muybridge’s use of it to charge admission for viewing moving pictures in a special theater at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago would prompt many to identify Muybridge as the founder of the motion pictures.Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania, provided the right environment for Muybridge to carry on his work.The purchasing of photography equipment was done through the Secretary of the University, Rev. The outdoor studio consisted of a three-sided black shed and three batteries of cameras to photograph the subject from the side, the front or back, and from a 45 degree angle.Exposures were made by having electromagnets that released the shutters in sequence and at equal intervals.