Marey’s Chronophotographic Gun

A physiologist less concerned with photography than with patterns of animal movement, Marey was dissatisfied with Muybridge’s equipment because it couldn’t capture the random motion of animals who didn’t trip prearranged wires. With his chronophotographic gun (left), he was ultimately able to photograph birds in flight. Originally, Marey captured his images on a glass photographic plate like the one on the right, but as you can see from the drawing on the left, he had by 1887 switched from glass plates to strips of sensitized paper.

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