Plate 781, 'Animal Locomotion', 'Chickens scared by a torpedo'
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A sequence of photographs taken by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) in 1884-1885 of some chickens and an explosion caused by a torpedo. This plate was included in a series of large, bound volumes under the title 'Animal Locomotion; an Electro-Photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animals Movements, 1872-1885', published in 1887. In 1883, the University of Pennsylvania commissioned Muybridge to produce a photographic study of animal and human movement. Muybridge emigrated to America from Britain and worked as a photographer for several years. He is best known for his photographic studies of animal and human movement, begun in the 1870s. Muybridge also invented the zoopraxiscope, a primitive motion picture device that worked by showing a sequence of still photographs in rapid succession.