100 Rare Historical Photos That You Never Saw Before

Eadweard Muybridge | The Horse in Motion | 1878

Embarking on a task to discover whether a horse takes flight when galloping. Photographer Eadweard Muybridge was commissioned by California governor Leland Stanford to prove his theory.

Eadweard Muybridge | The Horse in Motion | 1878
Eadweard Muybridge | The Horse in Motion | 1878

Muybridge developed a technique to capture the horse using an exposure lasting just a fraction of a second. He had 12 cameras lined up that were triggered to photograph in rapid succession by the galloping horse.

The series of images Muybridge captured didn’t just prove that a horse does indeed take flight. They also led the way for a new way of using photography with other technology to capture the truth.

This method led the way for the development of animation and motion pictures.

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