Wednesday, April 7, 2010

oh hey, motion.

i really love stop motion animation and learning about the invention of photography and its history. i teach an art history survey course that covers the renaissance through contemporary art, and my favorite lecture is the one i gave today, on the invention of photography.
its so nerdily exciting!
anyhow, i always end the lecture by talking about eadweard muybridge, and english scientist who was interested in using photography for motion studies, and i make my students watch this clip, which is essentially the world's first stop motion picture.
just thought i'd geek out and show you guys because i think its super neat.
theres a great story behind this bad boy (including former california governors and a $25,000 wager!) so check out muybridge's wiki. its pretty good.

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