Review of Eadweard Muybridge’s Exhibition At The Tate Britain 1/11/10

Before I had viewed any of Muybridge’s works, I only knew that he was the photographer who famously proved that when a horse galloped every foot was used, and that at some point within a stride all four of the horse’s feet would be off the ground. However, after viewing some of his most inspirational works at the Tate Britain Gallery in London, I feel like I understand more of the processes which he went through as a photographer and as an individual, which in turn led him on to push the limits of a simplistic camera, ultimatily creating world famous images and locomotion’s of animals and humans. Over some time these theories and in-depth research have gained himself the legacy title of ‘One of the most influential photographers of all time’.

During the past few years I have viewed many exhibitions on school trips, with friends, and on my own, but none of them have truly stood out to me like Muybridge’s exhibition has, mainly because I found the history behind the paths which he decided to venture down truly interesting. For instance, the invention of the ‘Zoopraxiscope’ which uses a method of projecting animated versions of his photographs as short moving sequences, this is linked heavily to the first developments of cinema. Overall, I feel that i have gained strong inspiration and a great deal of in-depth understanding behind some of the most historical photography from visiting this exhibition.


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