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The Writer’s Almanac for April 9, 2017: The Choir Singing

Apr. 9, 2017: birthday: Eadweard Muybridge

It’s the birthday of Eadweard Muybridge (books by this author), born in Kingston upon Thames, England (1830). He immigrated to California in the 1850s, where he took up photography and quickly became one of the first internationally known photographers. Between 1867 and 1872, he took more than 2,000 photographs, many of them views of the Yosemite Valley.

It was Eadweard Muybridge who designed a new camera that could take a picture in one-thousandth of a second. To test his improvement, he set up 24 cameras along a racetrack with trip wires to pull the shutters. With those cameras, he managed to take a series of pictures of a horse galloping, proving for the first time that all four of a horse’s hooves will sometimes be off the ground at the same time.