Eadweard J. Muybridge the 3D Photographer Google Doodle 2012


Today April 9th, 2012 Google is remembering the birthday of Eadweard J. Muybridge. Who was Eadweard J. Muybridge? This is usually one of my favorite questions after discovering a new Google Doodle. Simply because usually Google takes people from history that we are suppose to know, but somehow we do not instantly recall their work and inventions simply by their name.

Eadweard J Muybridge

This is exactly what happened to me this morning when I discovered the Eadweard J. Muybridge Running Horses Google Doodle. Only to discover during the investigation process that it is someone that I am suppose to know, or that I am using their inventions on a regular basis.

Who is Eadweard J. Muybridge

Eadweard J. Muybridge was a famous English (United Kingdom) Photographer 9 April 1830 – 8 May 1904. He lived most of his life in the United States of America. Like most photographers Eadweard J. Maybridge was an interesting character.

In his early career in the US he changed his name several times. He first changed his name from Edward James Muggeridge to Eduardo Santiago and then to Eadweard after King Edward. His surname regularly changed from Muggridge, Muygridge and Muybridge. (This could however been because of spelling mistakes).

On his Tombstone his name is however engraved as Eadweard Maybridge again a spelling mistake or it could have been purposely misspelled to create some more controversy. Muybridge was born at Kingston upon Thames, England on April 9, 1830. He immigrated to the US, arriving in San Francisco in 1855, where he started a career as a publisher’s agent and bookseller, after a coach accident he returned briefly to England and took up a career in photography.

After Eadweard J. Muybridge recovery in England he once again returned to the US where he became a professional Landscape and Architectural Photographer. Eadweard J. Muybridge will also be remembered as a pioneer of stop-motion photography and moving pictures photography.

 In the summer of 1873 Muybridge was commissioned to photograph the Modoc War, one of the US Army’s expeditions against West Coast Indians. Eadweard J. Muybridge found a member of a neighboring tribe who agreed to pose as if he were a Modoc warrior aiming a gun at U.S. soldiers.

Eadweard J Muybridge Modoc War

The image was reproduced in Harpers Bizarre under the caption “Modoc Brave Waiting for a Scout.”

Eadweard J. Muybridge 3D Photography

He is considered by many one of the pioneers of motion photography and stereo photography. Stereo Photography is basically the same as today’s 3D Photography and 3D Images. Eadweard J. Muybridge loved to take images of the same subject at different angles slightly from where the previous image were taken creating 3D Images.

Eadweard J. Muybridge Motion Photography

As a pioneer of film he used his camera to create animation by taking several pictures of the same subject performing a task or action. Once these photographs are arranged in order and one flips quickly between these images it looks like the subject is moving. Today the film industry is still using this basic form to create a movie. Each frame is infact a still images. Today’s camera’s are able to capture motion at a much faster speed and the movement in a film is much smoother and realistic because there are more frames in the animation than in what Eadweard J. Muybridge 3D Photography used in his time.

April 9, 2012 Google Doodle Eadweard J. Muybridge

On the 9th of April Google created a Google Doodle in honor of Eadweard J. Muybridge. If you look at the google doodle you can see the running horse. At first the Google Doodle is just showing images of horses. All these images are individual images, once you press the play button on the Eadweard J. Muybridge Google Doodle. The horses starts to move and change their position within the Google Doodle, as the frame rate increases the horses suddenly becomes one horse running.

Eadweard J Muybridge running horse

This is infact one of sequence of images that Eadweard J. Muybridge have taken.

For more information on Google Doodles you can visit the Official Google Doodle Library, or you can view our page on Google Doodles. We here at 3D Car Shows love to follow the Google Doodles and to find out what the Google Doodle is about.

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Eadweard J. Muybridge Google Doodle Video

Here is a short video of the Eadweard J. Muybridge Google Doodle. In this video I briefly talk about the Google Logo, Eadweard J. Muybridge and Virtual Tour Photography. Watch this video to learn more about Eadweard J. Muybridge.


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