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Zoopraxiscope

Early device for displaying moving images and is considered an important predecessor of the movie projector.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1879
The zoopraxiscope - a horse back somersault
Zoopraxiscope is an early device for displaying moving images and is considered an important predecessor of the movie projector. It was conceived by photographic pioneer Eadweard Muybridge in 1879 (and built for him by January 1880 to project his famous chronophotographic pictures in motion and thus prove that these were authentic). Muybridge used the projector in his public lectures from 1880 to 1895. The projector used 16" glass disks onto which Muybridge had an unidentified artist paint the sequences as silhouettes. This technique eliminated the backgrounds and enabled the creation of fanciful combinations and additional imaginary elements.

Only one disk used photographic images, of a horse skeleton posed in different positions. A later series of 12″ discs, made in 1892–1894, used outlines drawn by Erwin F. Faber that were printed onto the discs photographically, then colored by hand. These colored discs were probably never used in Muybridge's lectures. All images of the known 71 disks, including those of the photographic disk, were rendered in elongated form to compensate the distortion of the projection. The projector was related to other projecting phenakistiscopes and used some slotted metal shutter discs that were interchangeable for different picture disks or different effects on the screen. The machine was hand-cranked.
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The zoopraxiscope - a couple waltzing

The zoopraxiscope - a couple waltzing

Images on a disc which when spun gives the illusion of a couple dancing. 14699Y U.S. Copyright Office. No. 35. Copyright by Eadweard Muybridge. Exhibited: "Moving Pictures : The Un-easy Relationship between Am... More

The zoopraxiscope--Horse galloping

The zoopraxiscope--Horse galloping

Images on a disc which when spun gives the illusion of a man riding a galloping horse. 14706Y U.S. Copyright Office. No. 42. Copyright by Eadweard Muybridge. Exhibited: "Moving Pictures : The Un-easy Relations... More

The zoopraxiscope--Athletes--Boxing

The zoopraxiscope--Athletes--Boxing

Images on a disc which when spun gives the illusion of two men boxing. 14666Y U.S. Copyright Office. No. 2. Copyright by Eadweard Muybridge. Exhibited: "Moving Pictures : The Un-easy Relationship between Ameri... More

The zoopraxiscope - a couple waltzing

The zoopraxiscope - a couple waltzing

Images on a disc which when spun gives the illusion of a couple dancing. 14699Y U.S. Copyright Office. No. 35. Copyright by Eadweard Muybridge. Exhibited: "Moving Pictures : The Un-easy Relationship between Am... More

The zoopraxiscope--Athletes--Boxing

The zoopraxiscope--Athletes--Boxing

Images on a disc which when spun gives the illusion of two men boxing. 14666Y U.S. Copyright Office. No. 2. Copyright by Eadweard Muybridge. Exhibited: "Moving Pictures : The Un-easy Relationship between Ameri... More

The zoopraxiscope--Athletes--Boxing

The zoopraxiscope--Athletes--Boxing

Images on a disc which when spun gives the illusion of two men boxing. 14666Y U.S. Copyright Office. No. 2. Copyright by Eadweard Muybridge. Exhibited: "Moving Pictures : The Un-easy Relationship between Ameri... More

Zoopraxiscope 16485u - Early photography, Public domain image

Zoopraxiscope 16485u - Early photography, Public domain image

Picryl description: Public domain image of Eadweard Muybridge's photograph, free to use, no copyright restrictions. Eadweard Muybridge was an English photographer known for his pioneering work in photographic s... More

The zoopraxiscope - a horse back somersault

The zoopraxiscope - a horse back somersault

Images on a disc which when spun gives the illusion of a man doing a somersault on horseback. 14571Y U.S. Copyright Office. No. 1. Copyright by Eadweard Muybridge. Exhibited: Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Ti... More

The zoopraxiscope - a horse back somersault

The zoopraxiscope - a horse back somersault

Images on a disc which when spun gives the illusion of a man doing a somersault on horseback. 14571Y U.S. Copyright Office. No. 1. Copyright by Eadweard Muybridge. Exhibited: Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Ti... More

The zoopraxiscope--Horse galloping

The zoopraxiscope--Horse galloping

Images on a disc which when spun gives the illusion of a man riding a galloping horse. 14706Y U.S. Copyright Office. No. 42. Copyright by Eadweard Muybridge. Exhibited: "Moving Pictures : The Un-easy Relations... More

Skioptikonbild från Institutionen för fotografi vid Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan. Använd av professor Helmer Bäckström som föreläsningsmaterial. Bäckström var Sveriges första professor i fotografi vid Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan i Stockholm 1948-1958.Muybridges zoopraxiskop. En självkonstruerad apparat för projektion av diapositiva bildserier.För mer info se: Bäckström, Helmer. Fotografisk Handbok. Andra omarbetade upplagan. Natur och Kultur. Stockholm. 1948. s. 1257.

Skioptikonbild från Institutionen för fotografi vid Kungliga Tekniska ...

Skioptikonbild från Institutionen för fotografi vid Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan. Använd av professor Helmer Bäckström som föreläsningsmaterial. Bäckström var Sveriges första professor i fotografi vid Kungliga T... More