Witness History: The Earliest Animations From the 1870s!

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Eadweard Muybridge was an English photographer known for his works on animal locomotion in 1877 and 1878. He pioneered the photographic studies of motion and motion-picture projection.

In England in 1861, he took up professional photography, learned the wet-plate collodion process, and secured at least two British patents for his inventions. He went to San Francisco, where his large photographs of Yosemite Valley made him world-famous.

Although he is an artist, Muybridge also contributed scientifically to the early studies of photography and motion pictures.

In this list, you’ll find 25 of Muybridge’s most famous works which were exhibited in the gif format at The American National History Museum. In the process, he used multiple cameras to capture motion in stop-motion photographs, and his zoopraxiscope, a device for projecting motion pictures that pre-dated the flexible perforated film strip used in cinematography.

You can find more of these historically significant works here.

1. Athlete swinging clubs

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2. Athletes boxing

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3. Athletes fencing

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4. Athletes wrestling

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5. Twisting somersault

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6. Boar walking

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7. Athlete, Horse-back Somersault

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8. Athlete, Running High Jump

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9. Athlete, Standing Long Jump

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10. Athletes running

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11. Baboon walking

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12. Boys playing leap-frog

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13. Buffalo galloping

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14. Lion Walking

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15. Monkeys climbing a cocoa palm

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16. Eadweard Muybridge didn’t just work on animations, he also recorded the motions of real animals. Here’s one of them: Cat.

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17. Elephant

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18. Buffalo

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19. Camel racking

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20. Gehender Strauß

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21. Woman dancing

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22. Kiss (Animated from Animal locomotion)

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23. Draped woman opening a parasol and turning around

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24. Phenakistoscope (1)

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25. Phenakistoscope (2)

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