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FLEMING MUSEUM ANNOUNCESS NEW EXHIBITION FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHY PIONEER EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE
SEPTEMBER 01, 2005
Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) is recognized for his pioneering series of photographs documenting human and animal locomotion.
In 1872, Muybridge was hired by Leland Stanford, former governor of California, to settle a wager regarding the movement of a
trotting horse's legs: at issue was whether all four of the horse's hooves were ever simultaneously off the ground. Fascinated
by the problem of documenting motion, Muybridge in the following decades invented an array of photochemical techniques and
elaborate mechanical devices that enabled him to break down complex kinetic movements into a revealing sequence of still photographs.
In 1887, Muybridge published an eleven-volume, 781 plate set that featured humans (men, women, and children, draped and undraped)
and animals (horses, ostriches, and elephants, among others) engaged in an assortment of activities, ranging from walking, running,
and descending stairs to pole-vaulting, wrestling, and curtseying. This exhibition features examples of Muybridge's groundbreaking
locomotion studies, generously loaned to the Museum by Special Collections at UVM's Bailey/Howe Library.
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Eadweard Muybridge, Ruth Bucking and Kicking plate 659 from Animal Locomotion: An Electro-Photographic
Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movement, 1872-1885 Published in 1887. Gelatin Silver Print. Courtesy
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library, UVM.
Eadweard Muybridge: Studies in Locomotion (October 4 - December 16, 2005)
$5 adults. $10 family, $3 students and seniors. Free to: Museum members; faculty, staff and students of UVM,
Burlington College, Champlain College, Community College of Vermont, and St. Michael's College;
Children 6 and under.