Stanford engaged Muybridge to photograph galloping horses to prove that, at one point during the horse’s gait, all four feet were off the ground.
And since the Civil War, the University of Pennsylvania had expanded to include the Engineering School (established 1852), the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1874), the Dental School (1878), the Wharton School (1881) and the Veterinary School (1884).
In Philadelphia there was appreciation of the science, technology and the art involved in Muybridge’s work – and also the financial resources to back his work.
plates on the University of Pennsylvania campus with the support of the University.
This collaboration was made possible by the appeal of Muybridge’s work to the leadership and interests of the University, of Philadelphia’s art community, and of the city’s leaders in manufacture, science, and finance.
The purchasing of photography equipment was done through the Secretary of the University, Rev. The outdoor studio consisted of a three-sided black shed and three batteries of cameras to photograph the subject from the side, the front or back, and from a 45 degree angle.
Exposures were made by having electromagnets that released the shutters in sequence and at equal intervals.
Includes material on Muybridge’s work at Palo Alto Stock Farm and the invention of motion pictures. Photographs are reprinted from The Pacific Coast of Central America and Mexico; the Isthmus of Panama; Guatemala; and the Cultivation and Shipment of Coffee; Illustrated by Muybridge (1876).
Miles, a professor of experimental psychology at Stanford University, endeavored to memorialize Muybridge's work by establishing a permanent exhibit at the Stanford Museum and correspondingly hosting a 50th anniversary event. Catalog of an exhibition held at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal from 31 Mar. The exhibit was later circulated to the Friends of Photography, Ansel Adams Center, in San Francisco (September 1 to October 24, 1993) and to the Musée Carnavalet, Paris.
White strings hung on the back wall of the shed to form a grid to measure the movement of a human or animal as it passed through the frames.
During the time he worked on this project, Muybridge improved his photographic techniques by using dry plate technology, rather than the wet plate technology he had previously used.