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Eadweard Muybridge

Critical Lives

By Marta Braun

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Format: Paperback, 255 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 September 2010
The life of Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) is the stuff of legend. An inventive and sensitive photographer, and a technical wizard who was the first ever to freeze motion with a camera, he was also a man of passion who murdered his wife's lover (although he was acquitted of the crime). Born Edward James Muggeridge, Muybridge reinvented himself several times, changing his surname first to Muygridge then to Muybridge, and late in life upgrading the mundane `Edward' to the saxon, kingly `Eadweard'.

About the Author

Marta Braun is Professor at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto. She is the author of Picturing Time: the Work of Etienne-Jules Marey (1992) and in 1999 was co-winner of the Kraszna-Krausz Award for the book Beauty of Another Order: Photography in Science (1998).


'Braun's meticulous study is rich in detail' - Guardian 'tells [Maybridge's] story with clarity and economy and is particularly good on the battle between science and art in his photographs' - The Art Newspaper 'Braun's detailed study of the life and work show a complicated man, a combination of "technical wizard, show-business pioneer, popular scientist and artist", whose work transformed or understanding of the human form.' - New Statesman 'Marta Braun has a grasp of enormous amounts of detail concerning the history of photography, as well as a lively understanding of the social and cultural history in which her subject existed. Her slim book punches above its weight.' - Literary Review of Canada 'Marta Braun's engrossing account of Eadweard Muybridge offers a new perspective on his life and work. Her detailed analyses provides rich insight and correct previous misinterpretations of Muybridge's locomotion photography. Braun offers us an intriguing account of the first person to record photographic evidence of movement in split-seconds. A valuable first-rate work that's a pleasure to read.' - Edward Burtynsky "As one might have expected from her definitive "Picturing Time", Marta Braun"s book on Eadweard Muybridge will be a fundamental contribution to the history of the photographic representation of locomotion." - Jonathan Miller

EAN: 9781861897602
ISBN: 186189760X
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Dimensions: 19.81 x 12.95 x 1.78 centimetres (0.39 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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