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Marey's Chronophotographe camera, 1890.

Marey's Chronophotographe camera, 1890.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm


Detail. The French physiologist Etienne-Jules Marey (1830- 1904) pioneered the use of photography to record and analyse movement. This close-up view of the mechanism shows the film gate in which the film was clamped to expose each frame; it could take up to 40 pictures a second. The camera was constructed to use paper film, first produced by George Eastman's Kodak company in 1888.

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