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Animals in Motion [Hardcover]

Eadweard Muybridge
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June 1 1957 Dover Anatomy for Artists
Definitive selection of 3,919 photographs, plus author's observations on animals' movements. Incredible true-action shots cover 34 different animals and birds in 132 characteristic motions. Horses, goats, cats, gnus, eagles, gazelles, sloths, camels, many others shown walking, running, flying, leaping, more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible Reference for Artists Jan. 27 2000
Format:Hardcover
Muybridges momumental work photographing animals in all different gates and poses and tests of ability. Using sometimes up to 100 cameras for a single set up to gain what is now the definitive guide for animators in understanding the motion of animals. It all started with a $25,000 bet: Eadweard Muybridge and a friend argued whether all four of the horses hooves leave the ground completely at any point during a gallop. Being funded for the project, Muybridge proved to be the winner in saying that horses do in fact leave the ground for a momentary second in their strides. The book begins with an anlaysis of locomotion, going over the walk, the amble, the trot, the rack (or pace), the canter, the transverse-gallop, the rotary-gallop, and the richochet, along with the leap and buck and kick. There are roughly 4,000 photos in this collection which claims to be the largest collection of animals in motion. It features not only horses but lions, deers, oxen, elephants, birds and kangaroos. From this development, Muybridge not only discovered that horses gallop with no feet touching the ground, but his discovery led to motion pictures, in which his photos is a very crude version of cinema today. Later he designed a viewer called a Zoogyroscope (or Zoopraxiscope) which, similar to a Zoetrope, was a carousel with slits which you look through while it is spinning to give the illusion of motion (or persistence of vision). Today these pictures are looked at for a couple of reasons, mostly as nastolgia for one to have wonder and excitement of this simple cinema, but it also is a great reference for modern animators. In fact, for those looking at animation, I can tell you that if you ask for an application to Walt Disney Animation Studios, they will give you their requirements and texts, this will be on the list. Highly reccomended for the artist, graphic, fine arts or animation or anything else you can dream of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its Not Just For Animators Aug. 16 2000
Format:Hardcover
The images of the dray horses pulling heavy loads is worth the price of admission for me. This is a great reference for artists who want to create realistic images of animals in motion. It's a fabulous settler of bar room bets. It's a source of animated gifs for web designers (I have the running cat image that's been going around.)
For people who want to understand animals in general, this is a good reference. I never thought that all the ways an animal can go from point A to point B each had a name to it and that a quadruped can have so many ways to move.
Its an interesting historical piece, too. People do not see horses doing useful work any more and it's a reminder that we all had a life before internal combustion. Its an interesting chapter in the history of photography and the history of art, too. (Painting was never the same after people figured out how animals really moved.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible Reference for Artists Jan. 27 2000
By rareoopdvds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Muybridges momumental work photographing animals in all different gates and poses and tests of ability. Using sometimes up to 100 cameras for a single set up to gain what is now the definitive guide for animators in understanding the motion of animals. It all started with a $25,000 bet: Eadweard Muybridge and a friend argued whether all four of the horses hooves leave the ground completely at any point during a gallop. Being funded for the project, Muybridge proved to be the winner in saying that horses do in fact leave the ground for a momentary second in their strides. The book begins with an anlaysis of locomotion, going over the walk, the amble, the trot, the rack (or pace), the canter, the transverse-gallop, the rotary-gallop, and the richochet, along with the leap and buck and kick. There are roughly 4,000 photos in this collection which claims to be the largest collection of animals in motion. It features not only horses but lions, deers, oxen, elephants, birds and kangaroos. From this development, Muybridge not only discovered that horses gallop with no feet touching the ground, but his discovery led to motion pictures, in which his photos is a very crude version of cinema today. Later he designed a viewer called a Zoogyroscope (or Zoopraxiscope) which, similar to a Zoetrope, was a carousel with slits which you look through while it is spinning to give the illusion of motion (or persistence of vision). Today these pictures are looked at for a couple of reasons, mostly as nastolgia for one to have wonder and excitement of this simple cinema, but it also is a great reference for modern animators. In fact, for those looking at animation, I can tell you that if you ask for an application to Walt Disney Animation Studios, they will give you their requirements and texts, this will be on the list. Highly reccomended for the artist, graphic, fine arts or animation or anything else you can dream of.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Not Just For Animators Aug. 16 2000
By E. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The images of the dray horses pulling heavy loads is worth the price of admission for me. This is a great reference for artists who want to create realistic images of animals in motion. It's a fabulous settler of bar room bets. It's a source of animated gifs for web designers (I have the running cat image that's been going around.)
For people who want to understand animals in general, this is a good reference. I never thought that all the ways an animal can go from point A to point B each had a name to it and that a quadruped can have so many ways to move.
Its an interesting historical piece, too. People do not see horses doing useful work any more and it's a reminder that we all had a life before internal combustion. Its an interesting chapter in the history of photography and the history of art, too. (Painting was never the same after people figured out how animals really moved.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Eadweard Muybridge Nov. 13 2013
By lharbison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As an animal sculptor, I appreciate the fact that these photographs were taken to provide a reference for the ways in which animals actually move. It does provide more images of horses than other animals, which is fine with me, but someone more interested in other animals might not find as much information to work with. The book also provides the historical background of Muybridge and describes the procedures he used to take the photos.

I use this book as a way to double check my perceptions of real animals in motion. For example, in watching a horse at the trot, it looked like the hip on the side of the hind-leg going forward shifted down at the same time, but since the horse only remains in this position for a split second, it was hard to be sure. In the book I found numerous pictures of trotting horses with views from different angles. Sure enough, I found a couple of photos that confirmed the position of the hip relative to the foot.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable for Animators Oct. 11 2010
By GraGra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I only needed to consult this book a few times for projects with Animals involved, but it was definitely worth it.

You could get video footage of YouTube, convert the video, freeze frame and dissect it, but I found this book quicker and less hassle.
3.0 out of 5 stars Muybridge's work is amazing. The print quality is OK July 14 2014
By G. Poschman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Muybridge's work is amazing. The print quality is OK, but nothing special. Unfortunately The images are all laid out across the spine of the book, so they are impossible to copy without cutting the pages out- ie.destroying the book. Did the publisher do this intentionally to hinder people from actually using or reanimating the images?
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