Eadweard Muybridge

(American/British, 1830–1904)

plate 349 from "animal locomotion" by eadweard muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge

Plate 349 from "Animal Locomotion", ca. 1887

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Biography

Timeline

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

Exhibitions

2010
Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, USA (solo)
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London, England
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
25 Years / 25 Works, Wessel + O’Connor Fine Arts, Lambertville, USA
2009
Münchner Stadtmuseum - Sammlung Fotografie, Muchen, Germany
2008
Ton Peek Photography, Pa Utrecht, The Netherlands (solo)
2007
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. (solo)
2005
Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art, Brooklyn, USA (solo)
Men, Women and Animals, Wessel O’Connor Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2004
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA
2003
Michael Dawson Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
1998
Men in Motion, Wessel O’Connor Gallery, New York, USA (solo)