Muybridge, The Attitudes of Animals in Motion

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Have you ever wondered what it took to take a photograph in the 1800s? Eadweard J.
Muybridge’s The Attitudes of Animals in Motion is a great example of how photography
changed our understanding of the world, with the ability to capture what the naked eye
cannot see.

Getty has joined forces with Smarthistory to bring you an in-depth look at select works
within our collection, whether you’re looking to learn more at home or want to make art
more accessible in your classroom. This six-part video series illuminates art history
concepts through fun, unscripted conversations between art historians, curators,
archaeologists, and artists, committed to a fresh take on the history of visual arts.

A conversation with Dr. Mazie M. Harris, Assistant Curator, Department of Photographs, Getty Museum and Dr. Steven Zucker, Executive Director, Smarthistory, at Getty Center in front of The Attitudes of Animals in Motion, photographed, 1878–79; printed 1881, Eadweard J. Muybridge.
Iron salt process, 19.5 x 24.7 x 3.1 cm. Getty Museum, Los Angeles.


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