The Zoöpraxiscope

Muybridge’s projector (left) is actually a mechanism attached to a magic lantern. It used circular glass plates like the one on the right, on which were fixed not photographs but colored drawings made from photographs. A second disk with a series of slits served as a “shutter,” and both disks moved smoothly and continuously. Note that the figures painted on the disk are slightly elongated. Because Muybridge’s images were projected continuously rather than intermittently, they were distorted; the elongated drawings compensated for this effect.

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