FIGURE 1.6

The Phenakistoscope and the Stroboscope

Plateauís optical device for the illusion of animated movement, the phenakistoscope (left), consisted of two disks. The disk containing the slots performs the function of a moving shutter, which was responsible for the phenomenon of flickering images. Stampferís stroboscope (right) consisted of only one disk: the drawings were placed between the slots on the side facing away from the viewer, who spun the disk while peering through the slots into a mirror.

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