From The National Post:
Eadweard J. Muybridge — born 182 years ago today — invented the motion picture while trying to settle an argument about trotting horses.
He did this with the help of California governor and race-horse owner Leland Stanford, who had taken it upon himself to prove that there was a moment of suspension during a trot — a point where all four hooves were off the ground.
It seems like a trivial exercise, but the moment passes too quickly to spot with the human eye and 19th-century cameras weren’t nearly fast enough to capture it. It was an unsolvable puzzle.
After nearly a decade of work and engineering, Stanford finally got his answer when Muybridge was able to build a camera that was up to the job — a dozen of them, actually.
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