Eadweard Muybridge - 19th Century Photographer T-Shirt
Eadweard Muybridge was born in Kingston upon Thames, England in 1830. At the age of 20 he moved to the United States and had a career in selling rare books. In 1860 he was in a severe stagecoach accident and suffered a head injury which left him with "profound emotional outbursts".
He went back to England to recover and lived some "missing years"; an undocumented time in his life where he emerged with a seemingly spontaneous interest and skill in photography. By the late 1860's he was doing work for the state of California, commissioned to photograph the states light houses. He also photographed the Modoc Indians in the Modoc War as well as Yosemite National Park during the time of Carleton Watkins.
And that was just the early years of his career. His most well known achievement was the photograph series "Hose In Motion" (1878), where by development of a new camera shutter system, he was able to create high enough shutter speeds to freeze frame a horse in full gallop. For the first time in history he had proved that all four legs of a horse are off the ground at a given time during a full gallop - a question former California governor and future Stanford University founder Leland Stanford had paid him to prove or disprove out of sheer curiosity.
In 1874 Muybridge took a stagecoach through the night to Yellow Jacket mine, where his wife's lover Harry Larkyns was enjoying a poker game with friends. After a short exchange of words Muybridge shot him point blank in the chest, killing him. During the murder trial Muybridge's criminal defense lawyer William Wirt Pendergast (hired by Leland Stanford), used Muybridge's passion for photography as the crux of his closing argument. The jury found Muybridge "Not Guilty Due to Justifiable Homicide".
He went on to spend the rest of his life dedicated to the research of Human and Animal Locomotion through his photography. The scientific and photographic community made great leaps and bounds thanks to his life's work.
He if often attributed to being the father of motion pictures through his invention of the Zoopraxiscope.
The story of Muybridge is highly documented and massively interesting, I encourage you to read an article I wrote on the murder trial called The Speech That Changed The World, and for further reading I also highly recommend the book:
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West
by Rebecca Solnit
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