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FIGURE 1.13

Muybridge’s “Flying Horse”

Because the 12 cameras in Muybridge’s famous racehorse experiment were approximately one foot apart (left), the effect was not the same as the effect of a single camera taking 24 frames per second from one position. Rather, Muybridge’s audience saw roughly the equivalent of a modern movie camera tracking alongside the horse as it ran. The resulting photos (right), though at first admittedly “little better than silhouettes,” were later improved and, in 1881, published to great acclaim from both scientists and artists. Muybridge’s first successful experiment (on 15 June 1878) involved a harness-racing horse, but as the photo sequence on the right indicates, he had soon shot serial photographs of horses in various modes of movement.

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