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  • noun photography, history An instrument developed by Eadweard Muybridge in the 1870's, similar to the phenakistoscope. The instrument involves a disc that includes serial pictures being rotated in front of a light source, projecting them upon a screen, to exhibit the natural movements of animals and the like.


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  • He then put a series of these stop-motion images on a disk, span it in a machine he called the zoopraxiscope and from that, people say, invented motion pictures. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • He was one of the great photographic thinkers, whose mind reached ahead from still photography towards the inevitable invention of the cinema, which he anticipated by constructing a gadget called a zoopraxiscope that could animate sequences of images to display mules kicking or nymphs dancing.

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  • He also invented a popular device called a zoopraxiscope which allowed him to run the photographs in sequence at high speeds, creating the illusion of a moving image – an early indication of the power of cinema.

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  • "zoopraxiscope" - what today would be called a movie projector.

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  • "zoopraxiscope" - what today would be called a movie projector.

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  • In addition to glass negatives, stereographs, proof prints and lantern slides, the exhibition also features Mr. Muybridge's only remaining zoopraxiscope, an apparatus he constructed in 1879 to project film.

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  • He created another strange device which, with his talent for naming things awkwardly (starting with himself), he called the zoopraxiscope.

    Eadweard Muybridge: Feet off the ground

  • Digital video editing: an adaptation of the moving image camera or zoopraxiscope, invented around 1867

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  • The last genuinely new artistic genres, the photograph and the moving picture, appeared in the 1820s and the 1890s respectively — or maybe in 1879, with Eadweard Muybridge's zoopraxiscope.

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  • The difficulties involved in the preparation of the disk pictures and in the manipulation of the zoopraxiscope prevented the instrument from attracting much attention.

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