The Human Figure in Motion
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The Human Figure in Motion

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This is the largest selection ever made from the famous Muybridge sequence high-speed photographs of human motion. Containing 4,789 photographs, it illustrates some 163 different types of action: elderly man lifting log, woman sweeping, woman climbing ladder, men boxing and wrestling, child crawling, man lifting weight, man jumping, and 155 other types of action, some of which are illustrated by as many as 62 different photographs.
Taken at speeds ranging up to 1/6000th of a second, these photographs show bone and muscle positions against ruled backgrounds. Almost all subjects are undraped, and all actions are shown from three angles: front, rear, and three-quarter view.
These historic photographs, one of the great monuments of nineteenth-century photography, are reproduced original size, with all the clarity and detail of the originals. As a complete thesaurus of human action, it has never been superseded. Muybridge was a genius of photography, who had unlimited financial, technical, and scientific backing at the University of Pennsylvania. This volume presents the final selection from more than 100,000 negatives made at an expenditure of more than $50,000. It has never been superseded as a sourcebook for artists, students, animators, and art directors.
"An unparalleled dictionary of action for all artists, photographers." -- American Artist.
"Impressive and valuable collection." -- Scientific American.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 390 pages
  • 208 x 278 x 24.64mm | 1,510.46g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 4500 stopped-action photographs
  • 0486202046
  • 9780486202044
  • 84,523

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This is the largest selection ever made from the famous Muybridge sequence high-speed photographs of human motion. Containing 4,789 photographs, it illustrates some 163 different types of action: elderly man lifting log, woman sweeping, woman climbing ladder, men boxing and wrestling, child crawling, man lifting weight, man jumping, and 155 other types of action, some of which are illustrated by as many as 62 different photographs.
Taken at speeds ranging up to 1/6000th of a second, these photographs show bone and muscle positions against ruled backgrounds. Almost all subjects are undraped, and all actions are shown from three angles: front, rear, and three-quarter view.
These historic photographs, one of the great monuments of 19th century photography, are reproduced original size, with all the clarity and detail of the originals. As a complete thesaurus of human action, it has never been superseded. Muybridge was a genius of photography, who had unlimited financial, technical, and scientific backing at the University of Pennsylvania. This volume presents the final selection from more than 100,000 negatives made at an expenditure of more than $50,000. It has never been superseded as a sourcebook for artists, students, animators, and art directors.
"An unparalleled dictionary of action for all artists, photographers."--American Artist.
"Impressive and valuable collection."--Scientific American.
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Table of contents

MEN
WALKING
Man Walking at Ordinary Speed (.083 second)
Man Walking at Ordinary Speed
Man Walking at Ordinary Speed
Man Walking at Ordinary Speed
Man Walking at Half-Stride (.069 second)
Man Walking and Carrying 75-lb. Boulder on Head
Man Walking and Carrying 75-lb. Boulder on Shoulder (.075 second)
Man Walking and Carrying 50-lb. Dumbell in one hand (.099 second)
Man Walking and Carrying a Rifle on Shoulder (.161 second)
Man Walking and Carrying Rifle
Man Walking up Inclined Plane
Man Walking down Inclined Plane
Elderly Man Walking Upstairs
Man Walking Upstairs
Man Walking Downstairs
"Man Walking Downstairs Backwards, Turning, Walking Away while Carrying Rock"
RUNNING
Man Starting a Race (.093 second)
Man Running (.042 second)
Man Running
Man Running (.057second)
Man Running
Man Running
Man Running
JUMPING
Man Performing Straight High Jump
Man Performing Straight High Jump (.063 Second)
Man Performing Running Straight High Jump (.087 Second)
Man Performing Running Broad Jump
Man Performing Standing High Jump (.139 second)
Man Performing Running Twist High Jump (.160 second)
Man Performing Standing Broad Jump (.156 second)
Man Performing Standing Broad Jump
LIFTING AND HEAVING
Man Lifting and Heaving 75-lb. boulder (.489 second)
Man Lifting 75-lb. boulder
Man Heaving 75-lb. boulder
Man Heaving 75-lb. boulder
Man Heaving 75-lb. boulder
Man Lifting 50-lb. Dumbbell in one Hand
Man Lifting 50-lb. Dumbbell in one Hand and Flexing Muscles
"Man Lifting 50-lb. Dumbbells, one in each Hand"
"Man Lifting 50-lb. Dumbbells, one in each Hand"
Elderly Man Lifting Log
THROWING AND CATCHING
Man Picking up and Throwing Baseball (.075 second)
Man Throwing Baseball
Man Throwing Baseball
Man Catching and Throwing Baseball
Man Catching and Throwing Baseball
Man Catching Baseball
Man Throwing Javelin
Man Throwing Discus
"KICKING, BATTING, AND ROWING"
Man Catching and Kicking Football
Man Catching and Kicking Football
Man Serving Tennis Ball
Man Batting Baseball
Man Batting Baseball
Man Swinging Bat
Man Rowing with Rowing Machine
BOXING AND WRESTLING
Men Boxing
Men Boxing
Men Boxing
Men Boxing
Men Boxing
Men Boxing and Knockout
Man Shadow Boxing (.112 second)
Man Shadow Boxing
Men Wrestling
Men Wrestling
Men Wrestling
Men Wrestling
Men Wrestling
Men Wrestling
ACROBATICS AND FENCING
Man Balancing on one Foot
"Man Standing, Hands behind Head, Arms Akimbo"
Men Performing Hand Stand
Man Performing Forword Handspring
Man Performing Back Somersault
Men Fencing
VARIOUS TRADES
Man Swinging Pick Axe
Man Digging with Spade
Man Swinging Scythe
Man Pushing Lawn Roller
Blacksmiths Hammering at Anvil (.133 second)
Carpenter Planing
Carpenter Sawing
Carpenter Cleaving with Hatchet and Hammering
Man Laying Brick
Man Laying Brick
Hod Carrier Climbing Ladder
"STANDING, SITTING, AND LYING DOWN"
Amputee Walking with Crutches
Man Rising from Chair
Legless Boy Climbing in and out of chair
Man Lying Down
Man Rising from Lying Position
Man Standing at Rifle Drill
Man Assuming Kneeling Position and Aiming Rifle
Man Falling Prone and Aiming Rifle
WOMEN
WALKING
Woman Walking with Hand to Mouth
Woman Walking
Stout Woman Walking
"Woman Walking, Holding Basket on Head"
"Woman Walking, Throwing Scarf over Shoulders "
Woman Walking and Turning while Pouring Water from Watering Can
"Woman Walking, Throwing Water from Basin"
Woman Running
Woman Walking and Turning Around
Woman Sweeping with Broom
Woman Walking up Incline
Woman Walking up Incline Carrying one Bucket
Woman Walking up Incline Carrying one Bucket
Woman Walking up Incline Carrying two Buckets
Woman with Hand to Mouth Walking down Incline
Woman Walking down incline
Woman Walking down incline Holding Basket on Head
Woman Walking Upstairs
"Woman Walking Upstairs Carrying Bowl, and Twisting"
Woman Walking Upstairs and Waving Handkercheif
Woman Turning and Walking Upstairs (.284 second)
"Woman Turning, Throwing Kiss, and Walking Upstairs "
"Woman Carrying one Bucket, Turning, Walking Upstairs (.325 second)"
"Woman Carrying two Buckets, Turning, Walking Upstairs (.266 second)"
"Woman Carrying Pitcher and Glass, Turning, Walking Upstairs"
Woman Walking Downstairs
Woman Walking Slowly Downstairs and Waving
"Woman Walking Downstairs, Throwing Scarf over Shoulders (.101 second)"
"Woman Walking Downstairs, Picking up Pitcher, and Turning"
PICKING UP AND PUTTING DOWN
Woman Picking up Clothes
"Woman Picking up Scarf, Throwing it over Shoulders while Walking"
Woman Picking up Towel
Woman Picking up Water Glass from Table and Drinking
Woman Picking up Handkerchief
Woman Picking up Broom
"Woman Picking up Basket, Holding it above her Head"
"Woman Putting down Jug, From her shoulder"
"Woman Putting down Basket, Then picking it up"
"Woman Lowering Jug, Pouring Water from it"
STANDING
Woman Standing and Ironing
Woman Shifting her Weight with Arms on Hips; Arms behind Head
"Woman Standing Pouring Water, Bending over Wash Basin"
Woman Standing Drying her Face and Breasts
Woman Standing Drying her Body
"Woman Standing, Putting on Dress over Head"
"HOPPING,JUMPING,CLIMBING,AND CRAWLING"
Woman Hopping on one Foot (.141 second)
Woman Jumping from Rock to Rock (.119 second
"Woman Sitting in Chair, Drinking Tea, Served by Standing Companion"
Kneeling
Woman Kneeling at Chair
"Woman Kneeling at Chair, then Rising"
"Woman on one Knee, Spanking Child"
"LYING DOWN, RISING"
"Woman with Newspaper, Lying down, Reading"
"Woman with Newspaper, Sitting down on Floor (.232 second)"
Woman Lying down in Hammock
"Woman Lying down in Bed, Covering up with Blanket"
Woman Falling onto Mattress
Woman Sitting down on Floor
Woman Rising from Knees
"Woman with Newspaper, Rising"
Woman Turning and Rising from Sitting on Floor
Woman Uncovering herself and Rising from Bed
CHILDREN
WALKING AND RUNNING
Boy Walking
Boy Walking
"Girl Walking towards Woman, Carrying Flower"
Boy Walking while Holding Mother's Hand
Girl Running
CRAWLING AND CLIMBING
Girl Crawling on Floor
Girl Crawling Upstairs (.206 second)
Girl Crawling Upstairs
Girl Walking Upstairs (.161 second)
Girl Climbing into Chair
PICKING UP AND CARRYING
"Girl Stooping, Picking up Water Goblet, and Drinking"
Girl Picking up Doll from Floor and Carrying it Away
Girl Carrying Watering Can and Sprinkling Flowers
Girl Being Picked up and Held by Woman
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