Eadweard Muybridge  (American/British, 1830-1904) 

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Eadweard Muybridge Biography
1830   Born Edward James Muggeridge at Kingston upon Thames, England.
1855   Arrived in San Francisco, starting his career as a publisher's agent and bookseller.
1867   Began to build his reputation with photos of Yosemite and San Francisco.
1868   Commissioned to photograph one of the U.S. Army's expeditions.
1874   Still living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Muybridge discovered that his wife had a lover, a Major Harry Larkyns. On October 17, he sought out Larkyns; said, "Good evening, Major, my name is Muybridge and here is the answer to the letter you sent my wife"; he then followed and killed the Major with a gunshot. He was aquitted after a plea of instanity resulting from an injury due to a stage coach accident.
1877   Returned to the United States after photographing Central America.

Started to experiment with photographing motion in response to former Governor of California Leland Stanford, a businessman and race-horse owner's question of whether all four of a horse's hooves left the ground at the same time during a gallop.
1878   Successfully photographed a horse in fast motion.
1894   Returned to his native England.
1904   Died on May 8 in Kingston upon Thames while living at the home of his cousin Catherine Smith.
Selected Exhibitions
2010   25 Years / 25 Works, Wessel + O’Connor Fine Arts, Lambertville, NJ
2010   Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London, England

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
2009   Münchner Stadtmuseum - Sammlung Fotografie, Muchen, Germany
2008   Ton Peek Photography, Pa Utrecht, Netherlands (solo)
2007   Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC (solo)
2005   Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY (solo)
2005   Men, Women and Animals, Wessel O’Connor Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2004   The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
2003   Michael Dawson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1998   Men in Motion, Wessel O’Connor Gallery, New York, NY (solo)