Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer

USA 1975. Dir: Thom Andersen. 59 min. DCP

Thom Andersen’s extraordinary meditation on the nature of vision, a project that began as a UCLA film thesis for which the aspiring filmmaker re-photographed thousands of Muybridge images, is “at once a biography of Muybridge, a re-animation of his historic sequential photographs, and an inspired examination of their philosophical implications…The ‘zoopraxography’ of the title speaks to both Muybridge’s practice of motion study — as distinct from photography — and his 1879 device, which enabled the images’ projection. As such, it foregrounds Muybridge’s role in the invention of cinema, and cinema itself as an illusion arising from stillness” (Ross Lipman, UCLA). Preceded by a re-animation of some of Muybridge's protofilms, and by Horse (2012), a short film by British artist John Stezaker, one of the leading practitioners of contemporary photographic collage and appropriation.

A co-production with Capture Photography Festival.

Capture Photograph Festival, an annual celebration of
photography and lens-based art, runs April 1-28, 2016.

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Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer courtesy of Thom Andersen and LUX, London
Horse courtesy of John Stezaker and The Approach, London.