Picture Number:2003-5001_2_20558 Credit:RPS Collection at NMPFT/Science & Society Picture Library
A sequence of photographs of a naked man performing exercises, taken by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) in 1884-1885 and published in 'Animal Locomotion', 1887.
In 1883, the University of Pennsylvania commissioned Muybridge to produce a photographic study of animal and human movement.
Muybridge emigrated to America from Britain and worked as a photographer for several years. He is best known for his photographic studies of animal and human movement, begun in the 1870s. Muybridge also invented the zoopraxiscope, a primitive motion picture device that worked by showing a sequence of still photographs in rapid succession.
Muybridge's work had an enormous influence on the world of art. His pioneering work in sequential photography stimulated many inventors to work which led to the invention of cinematography.