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Happy Birthday, Eadweard Muybridge, You Have a Lot of GIFs to Answer For


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First, the series of images you made of that horse galloping are still what you're best known for. Sorry about that. 

Second, you rule the Internet! Your specific images are not that widely reproduced, but your style of motion-studies is trendier than a penny farthing in 1892 1882!* 

While you were nominally working in a scientific vein, the principle you operated on has proven to be general: viewing a series of frames in succession, we see things that we don't in real-time or in a still image. Nowadays, people use moving images called animated GIFs to isolate and reproduce small snippets of movement that can *say* something in the right context, or that are simply funny, like your work with that ostrich or those naked guys fake boxing.

I'm glad I clicked on the boxing link.

This artist was a pioneer!

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