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Pioneer photographer | by Peter Denton
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Pioneer photographer

Eadweard Muybridge was a British photographer who gained worldwide recognition after he photographed animal and human movement imperceptible to the naked eye. In the late 1870s, he proved through his use of multiple cameras that there was a moment in a horse’s gallop when all four hooves were momentarily off the ground at the same time. He went on to produce thousands of further images - of animals and humans - that captured live movement. You can see some of his moving images on Wikipedia.

 

He was born, and spent his childhood, in Kingston Upon Thames, England. This plaque, in Kingston High Street, is above a shop with a loud, cheap in yer face fascia on street level. Which is why you get the plaque close-up rather than the broader picture.

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Taken on January 19, 2008