Muybridge Patent Model

Description
A pioneer in the development of the photography of motion, 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge worked to photograph humans or animals in motion. Muybridge's patent for the Method and Apparatus for Photographing Objects in Motion (No. 212, 865, Patented March 4, 1879) documented Muybridge's sliding-shutter mechanism and background panel used to photograph a horse in rapid motion "in order to determine the posture, position, and relation of their limbs in different proportions of their step or stride." The patent model is built in two different scales, showing the camera slides at one side and the track/grid background concept (with heavy thread trip cord) on the other. The horse would travel between them.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
shutter
Date made
1879
maker
Muybridge, Eadweard
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 in x 12 in x 12 in; 30.48 cm x 30.48 cm x 30.48 cm
Place Made
United States: California, Palo Alto
ID Number
PG*0754
catalog number
754
accession number
48866
subject
Photography
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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