Eadweard Muybridge is probably best known for lining up a series of 24 cameras, in the year 1878, in order to photograph a galloping horse.
The documentary "Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer" briefly covers his life, but concentrates its gaze upon Muybridge's photography work before and after the much publicized galloping-horse-at-Palo-Alto event.
In his early career, Muybridge photographed landscapes of the American West. Equipped with early 3D stereoscope cameras, he covered a war with the Native Americans.
The bulk of the documentary concentrates on Muybridge's photographic technique of cataloging animal and human motion. Intriguingly, he had cameras set up at a variety of angles, simultaneously capturing the same fleeting moment from various viewpoints.
The narration can be a bit tedious and academic at times. The endless amount of nudity in Muybridge's work also grows a bit exasperating. However, his rigorous documentation of details, and endless experimenting makes his "zoopraxography" work fascinating to early photography lovers.
I prefer not to rate this film, as it's a far cry from being "great entertainment" and yet I found it to be very educational.
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