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The Man Who Stopped Time : Eadweard…

The Man Who Stopped Time : Eadweard Muybridge, Pioneer Photographer,…

by Brian Clegg

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Generally interesting and well written bio that really would have benefited from the use of Muybridge photographs. Strangely, Clegg uses only a handful, and these are mostly of equipment. The only photo from Muybridge's work (aside from the cover) is of a girl with MS walking with her aide. Clegg also gets a little sidetracked with technical explanations that are not always clearly broken down into simple terms. But his use of humor and circumstantial oddities is refreshing. ( )
  omphalos02 | Oct 31, 2007 |
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Eadweard Muybridge was a Victorian marvel. (Preface)
At four minutes to four on the afternoon of October 17, 1874, pedestrians scattered as a tall, wild-eyed man with a flowing Tennysonian beard burst out of the studios of San Francisco photographers Bradley and Rulofson.
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This book tells the vivid story of the pioneer of photography, Eadweard Muybridge. His extraordinary personal story has all the ingredients of drama. He was born in the English suburbs, and set out to seek adventure and fortune in the American Wild West. While visiting Europe his coach overturned, and he was treated for a fractured skull. It was at this time that photography grew. Muybridge became a pioneering innovator, who not only invented new methods of photography, but devised 'a flying studio' which enabled him to develop his pictures in the field. He was betrayed by his wife, and risked everything by killing her lover. Muybridge's work is iconic, the picture of the moving horse, which proved how it lifted its four feet off the ground simultaneously, known throughout the world.… (more)

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