App of the Week: Muybridgizer

Title:’ Muybridgizer by Tate Gallery

Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch with Camera

Cost: Free

Nineteenth century English photographer Eadweard Muybridge was challenged by California Governor Leland Stanford to take a picture of one of his prize racehorse with all four legs off the ground. Muybridge managed to use sequential exposures from a series of cameras to capture that elusive moment, barely perceptible to the naked eye.

And in separating a single motion into component parts, Muybridge anticipated Edison’s invention of motion pictures. The Tate Britain recently showcased Muybridge’s studies, and though the associated exhibit ended last week, the iPhone app brings a little of the Muybridgian magic to the masses.

The app requires a camera for capture, and features two speed settings. The sepia overlay gives the resulting rolls a nice period feel.

You choose to create a 3 x 3 or 4 x 4 sequence of motion. The captured gestures can be exported to flickr, saved to the phone, or emailed, and all will live in an in-app gallery.

This free app is a great way to introduce teens to an interesting figure in the history of photography and motion pictures.

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2 Comments

  1. This looks awesome! I must try it and show my teens. There is much love for photography here.

  2. One of the finnest ever photography. During those days, the technology was not fully established still Muybridge invented motion photos.

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