Eadweard Muybridge was one of the world’s most influential and innovative photographers. He was well known for producing sequential images of moving animals and humans as artistic and scientific experimentations that changed the way we understand motion and for revealing photographic capabilities critical to the development of early photography and cinema. These photographs were often presented with Muybridge’s invented zoopraxiscope, a mechanism that projected the stills as a moving image.
In Animal Locomotion, Plate 712, Muybridge captures the sequence of a large dog running to and from the camera as it jumps over a fence. These stills, comprised of 12 negatives in two horizontal rows, provide a distilled and accurate view of the dog’s full range of motion typically imperceptible to the human eye.