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River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (original 2003; edition 2004)
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca Solnit (2003)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142004103, Paperback)
The world as we know it today began in California in the late 1800s, and Eadweard Muybridge had a lot to do with it. This striking assertion is at the heart of Rebecca Solnit’s new book, which weaves together biography, history, and fascinating insights into art and technology to create a boldly original portrait of America on the threshold of modernity. The story of Muybridge—who in 1872 succeeded in capturing high-speed motion photographically—becomes a lens for a larger story about the acceleration and industrialization of everyday life. Solnit shows how the peculiar freedoms and opportunities of post–Civil War California led directly to the two industries—Hollywood and Silicon Valley—that have most powerfully defined contemporary society.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:00 -0400)
In modern history, Muybridge has a significant role -- he captured the motion of the horse with his innovative technology, leading to motion pictures. The impact of recording motion is explored by Solnit as she studies Muybridge and his subsequent life, including the cultural and historical impact on a highly industrialized society.
(summary from another edition)
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