Muybridge and the Riddle of Locomotion (Hardback)Marta Braun (author)
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Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
Number of pages: 32
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 229 x 254 mm
A short but well-focused presentation on Muybridge, who earned a place in the history of photography and cinematography.--Carolyn Phelan"Booklist" (12/01/2013)
Lenticular plates add an appropriately eye-catching gimmick to this quick profile of the 19th-century photographer whose sequential photographs of a horse galloping established that during its stride, all four hooves left the ground...The full sets of stills from which the plates are drawn along with sequences of other characteristic subjects--from the galloping horse that first made him famous to a flying bird and a winsome child picking up a doll--are included too.... [Braun's] account of Muybridge's career and achievements offer a clearer sense of why his photos are still worth studying for what they reveal about animal and human movement. Not to mention that they're entertaining to pore over. As he regularly rates mention in histories of early filmmaking but almost never anywhere else, his work may be new to young readers and viewers... A rare glimpse of a historically significant visual artist who also plainly had a well-developed sense of fun.-- (12/01/2013)
Those fascinated with technical innovations and who want to learn more...will want to pick up Muybridge and the Riddle of Locomotion by Marta Braun. Braun, a historian who specializes in the origins of motion pictures, explains the significance of Muybridge's fast photography. Starting with his discovery and documentation of how animals and people run, Braun uses accessible language, reproductions of classic Muybridge photos and lenticular pictures (ones which appear to move, as if by magic, on the pages of the book) to highlight concepts Muybridge made it possible for us all to see.-- (11/24/2013)
For artists and illustrators, Eadweard Muybridge changed everything. The photographic work he did in the early days of photography helped us understand ourselves better, not to mention the world around us. Finally, through the amazing still photographs he took in series -- horses at high speed, people walking, running, boxing, riding -- were mysteries solved in viewing his photos. Questions people had always asked were answered conclusively. Later he would invent the Zoopraxiscope, his projecting magic lantern so people could view the results of his experiments: moving pictures! Marta Braun has captured all of this beautifully in a book appropriate for kids nine and up. (But adults will enjoy it, too!)-- (12/23/2013)
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