Eadweard Muybridge

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Try giving that name at a spelling bee!  So why am I talking about Eadweard Muybridge?  He was a major force in photography in the late 19th Century. The guy also was kinda scary looking.

     He was born Edward James Muggeridge in England, but went thru many incantations until he settled on this moniker. Different strokes for different folks. He ended up in San Francisco and went to Yosemite to work his craft.  He shot a lot of pix at Yosemite. Here’s one:


     He is more famous for convincing then Governor Leland Stanford that all four of a horse’s hooves are off the ground at the same time during a gallop. His “stop action” technique was actually a forerunner of motion pictures.  The San Francisco Museum of Art is hosting a Muybridge exhibition now thru June 7. Some of his Yosemite shots will be displayed.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Asked a girl what she wanted to be. She said baby, can’t you see. I wanna be famous, a star on the screen but you can do something in between. Baby you can drive my car  – Yes I’m gonna be a star.  Baby you can drive my car and baby I love you.” – The Beatles

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3 Responses to “Eadweard Muybridge”

  1. Maureen Lahiff Says:

    the Muybridge show is at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, abbreviated SFMOMA, web site sfmoma.org

    SFMOMA is free on the first Tuesday of each month, and there’s a reduced admission fee on Thursday evenings. (closed on Wednesdays)

    there is a landscape photography show at the De Young, one of the two locations of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, closing Sunday Mar 27. (their website is famsf.org)

    the de Young is also free on the first Tuesday of each month, open Friday evenings, closed on Monday.

    both of these may charge extra $$ for special exhibits and if so, that charge still applies on the free first Tuesdays.

  2. Norman S Says:

    I searched “Muybridge Yosemite” and found this website associated with the California Historical Society. Thirteen pages of his pictures. Use the full screen option for your favorites.


    Norman S

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