Saturday, April 9, 2016

Eadweard J. Muybridge, photographer, original, murderer

April 09, 1830. Eadweard J. Muybridge (9 April 1830 - 8 May 1904) was an English photographer who spent much of his life in the United States. He is known for his pioneering work on animal locomotion which used multiple cameras to capture motion, and his zoopraxiscope, a device for projecting motion pictures that pre-dated the flexible perforated film strip. In this image: The U.S. Postal Service released in New York on Thursday Feb. 22, 1996 a 32-cent stamps honoring pioneers of communication. The stamps honored those who paved the way to improving modern mass communications. Photo: USPS.

In 1874 he shot and killed Major Harry Larkyns, his wife's lover, but was acquitted in a jury trial on the grounds of justifiable homicide. A crime of passion? 

Photography of Motion 

Murder your wife and get a Google doodle? Sexism lives (oh yeah).
On the other hand, his wife's lover (wife was 22 years younger than Eadweard), was a critic for the SF Post; I am sure that murdering a critic has crossed the minds of many an artist. Justifiable homicide? Or maybe just unbalanced? But it was still murder.

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