Monday, April 9, 2012

Eadweard J. Muybridge celebrated by Google Doodle

Google Doodle celebrated the 182nd birth anniversary of legendary photographer Eadweard James Muybridge.

Muybridge, who was born in England on April 9, 2830 and had Dutch ancestry, spent most of his life in the United States. He traveled to San Francisco and started a career as a publisher's agent and bookseller.

Muybridge suffered an accident which forced him to return to England. From there, he became a famous photographer. He was best known for breakthrough work on animal locomotion in which he used multiple cameras to capture motion. He was also remembered for his Zoopraxiscope, a device for projecting motion pictures that pre-dated the flexible perforated film strip.

In a tragic incident, he killed his wife's lover in 1874 and was put on trial, but was later acquitted as jury ruled his behaviour as "Justifiable Homicide.

Muybridge passed away on May 8, 1904, in Kingston.

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