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An image of Animal Locomotion - An Electrophotographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements. Plate 332. Boxing, cross-buttocks [Vol. 5 Males (Pelvis Cloth)] by Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge

(England, United States of America, England 1830 – 1904)

Title
Animal Locomotion - An Electrophotographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements. Plate 332. Boxing, cross-buttocks [Vol. 5 Males (Pelvis Cloth)]
Year
1885-1886
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
collotype plate
Dimensions

24.3 x 29.5 cm image; 48.5 x 61.2 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated
Credit
Purchased 1989
Accession number
236.1989.2
Location
Not on display
Further information

Muybridge was a pioneer in the advancement of photography and the development of the moving picture. Studies of movement became a widespread fascination later in the nineteenth century and improvements in photographic techniques allowed for a lower exposure time making these studies feasible. Having started his investigations in the 1870s, 'Animal Locomotion' is Muybridge's greatest work taking from 1884 to 1886 to complete. It contains 781 plates of animal and human movement for scientific and artistic purposes.

'Mr. Muybridge is not only an original but a daring man. He has smitten one of the gods of British ideology. Not the least instructive part of his lecture was his contrast between the positions of animals as shown in ancient or modern art with their true positions as shown by themselves in presence of the camera'. G.A. Sala, 'Tribune', New York, 24 June 1882.

Bibliography (2)

Judy Annear and Daniel Cunningham, The Image of Man, Sydney, 1997. no catalogue numbers

Anthony Bond, Body, 'Embodying the Real', pg. 11-80, Sydney, 1997, 32, 147 (illus.). figure 155, cat.no. 110

Exhibition history (3)

Selected recent acquisitions, 1989, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Sep 1989–17 Dec 1989

The Image of Man: Photography and Masculinity 1920 to 1950, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Feb 1997–06 Apr 1997

Body, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Sep 1997–16 Nov 1997