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Étienne-Jules Marey (1830–1904)

Étienne-Jules Marey was a French scientist, physiologist, and chronophotagrapher. Marley started out by studying blood circulation in the human body. He then shifted to analyzing heart beats, respiration, muscles, and movement of the body. In 1869, Marey constructed a very delicate artificial insect to show how an insect flies and to demonstrate ... See full bio »


(age 74) in Paris, France

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 1895 Horses (Short)
 1894 Chat En Chute Libre (Short)
 1894 Falling Cat (Short)
 1893 Rabbits (Short)
 1891 La vague (Short)
 1891 Two Fencers (Short)
 1890 Mosquinha (Short)
 1885 L'homme machine (Short)
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 1904 Balle traversant une bulle de savon (Documentary short) (executive producer)
 1891 Two Fencers (Short) (producer)
 1891 Je vous aime (Short) (producer)
 1890 Mosquinha (Short) (producer)
 1885 L'homme machine (Short) (producer)
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 1894 Falling Cat (Short)
 1891 Two Fencers (Short) (director of cinematography)
 1890 Mosquinha (Short)
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 1982 Pigeons in the Square (Short) (respectful homage)

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Pioneer physiologist and physician, who studied and photographed the flight of birds. In 1882, Marey invented the fusil photographique, a device which allowed him to take twelve separate photos in one second. After Eastman's introduction of celluloid film, Marey patented his Chrono Photographic Camera, with which a rapid succession of images could be taken.

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