Today is the 182nd birthday of photography pioneer and inventor, Eadweard J. Muybridge. If you head over to the Google homepage you will see a fancy new animated Doogle put in place to commemorate the occasion. For those who have never heard the name, Muybridge was a British photographer who first made his name photographing the beautiful expanse of the American West. He then turned his attention to photographing the locomotion of people and animalsâ€”that is capturing how humans and animals move.
One of his brightest moments came when he photographed horses in motion to show former California Governor Leland Stanford that all of a horse's hooves leave the ground while in mid-trot. He did so by lining up a series of glass-plated cameras which were triggered by a thread when the horse passed by. He then took the images, copied them onto a special disc made for a machine Muybridge invented called the zoopraxiscope. Predating the motion picture, the zoopraxiscope allowed the people to take a number of photographic frames and watch them in succession with the result being a moving image.
Aight, enough history. Keep reading to see 10 of what we think are some really cool set of images taken by Muybridge while working on his zoopraxiscope research.