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“I Read the News Today...”

Weird and wonderful, it all happened in June

MOVING PICTURES

1878 GALLOP ROLL

In 1872, English photographer Eadweard Muybridge was hired by wealthy horse-owner Leland Stanford to prove a theory of his. Stanford believed that all four of a horse’s legs leave the ground when trotting and galloping. This mission set Muybridge on a pioneering path into motion capture, which, on 19 June 1878, culminated with his study The Horse in Motion. The photos showed, for the very first time, the full movement of a horse’s gait, and proved Stanford right. To display his images properly, Muybridge developed a device known as a zoopraxiscope – an early motion-picture projector.

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