Posts Tagged ‘stop motion photography’

Artist of the moment…. photographer Harold Edgerton

Harold Edgerton was a pioneer in the world of photography for his use of the strobe photography  to stop movement and in effect freeze time. Harold Eugene Edgerton was born in Fremont, Nebraska in the year 1903. For his collegiate studies Edgerton received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He would go on to the M. I. T. for his postgraduate studies.

A brief explanation of his process:

After receiving his masters degree Edgerton joined the faculty as a professor. He would go on to earn a Ph.d from M.I.T.

Whilst working on his postgraduate degree he became interested in using the strobe light to capture instant moments in time. These moments could be a bullet ripping through an apple, a tennis player’s swing of the raquet,  the crown shape that appears during a splash of water, or the bursting of a balloon.

In 1934 Edgerton won a bronze medal from the Royal Photography Society.

If Muybridge is best known for his work with the horse, Edgerton is best renown for this work with a coronet of milk. Camera quality isn’t high def as this took place last century!

In 1973 winner of the National Medal of Science.

Harold Edgerton passed away in 1990 at the age of  87 years of age.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $30,000.

If you enjoy this type of photography make sure and check out my posting on the work of Eadweard Muybridge. He was a British American photographer born in 1830 famous for his work of motion photography that captured movements in animals and people. Below a great example of Muybridge whose most famous stop motion work was that of the horse. Below an example of his work with a bird flying.

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Artist of the moment photographer Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge was born in 1830 at Kingston Upon Thames located in England. Nearly everyone has seen an image of Muybridge who first came to fame with his photographs of Yosemite National Forest. Later he would become renown for his work with animals, horses in particular, and the use of stop motion photography. By using this photograhy Muybridge was trying to settle a bet as that if a horse was running, would all legs ever touch the ground at the same time.

He invented the first strip photography that was called a zoopraxiscopre. It was the precrusor to the perforated film.

In the clip below we visit Muybridge and his filming of a horse, his most renown work.

Another very interesting fact is that the Eadweard Muybridge found out his wife was having an affair. She shot and killed the man and was found not guilty in the court of law. His wife’s affairs lead him to commit a justifiable homicide.

price range information: Collatypes are the cheapest and can be had from $850 to $4,000. Photographic prints and plates range $1,000 to $85,000.

Over his career he produced more than 100,000 images.

More of Muybridge’s work with the horse and other animals.

Muybridge spent a great deal of time in the United States but eventually would move back to England and pass away there in 1904 at the age of 74 years old.

Muybridge influenced countless artists in their quest to capture the movement and fluidty of both animals and human bodies.

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