A smidgen of background
When he was 20 years old he changed his name from Edward to Eadweard
His surname was changed in stages; it went from Muggeridge to Muygridge and finally to Muybridge.
Died May 18th 1904
When the news and evidence of this came back to Muybridge, as you can imagine, he wasn't happy. In October of 1874 Muybridge shot and killed Larkyns. His trail was held in early 1875, it wasn't very long and in the end he was found not guilty.
After the trial Muybridge left for Central America, during his absence, Flora died and her child was placed in a orphanage. When Muybridge returned and learned of her death, he began visiting the child, even though he was convinced it wasn't his.
What Made Him Famous?
What Do People Think of Mr. Muybridge?
Human and Animal Locomotion Photographs, This is what some people had to say;
"Muybridge has long fascinated me without his innovative thinking we wouldn't have motion pictures and host of other related photographic fields"
"These are amazing photographs and a great collection to have"
Then by Richard Dorment;
"Muybridge’s photographs are also objects of elusive beauty, mysteriously imbued with the powerful personality of a man you feel by the end of this show you have come to know."
"When you did me the honor of asserting to Gov. Stanford your confidence in my ability to take a photograph of ‘Occident’ while he was trotting at full speed—provided I could be induced to devote my attention to the subject—I will candidly admit I was perfectly amazed at the boldness and originality of your proposition. Having, however, given my patient devotion to the task the Governor imposed on me, and instituted an exhaustive series of experiments with chemicals and apparatus, it affords me pleasure to submit to you proof that your flattering confidence in the result of my endeavors was not altogether erroneous, and I herewith enclose you a photograph made from a negative, which I believe to have been more rapidly executed than any ever made hitherto." (1877)