Monday, 9 April 2012
London: The 182nd birth anniversary of Eadweard J. Muybridge, the British photographer of Dutch ancestry is being celebrated here on Monday.
Muybridge was born at Kingston upon Thames, England on April 9, 1830. He immigrated to the US, arriving in San Francisco in 1855, where he started a career as a publisher’s agent and bookseller. He left San Francisco at the end of the 1850s, and after a stagecoach accident in which he received severe head injuries, returned to England for a few years.
Muybridge began to build his reputation in 1867 with photos of Yosemite and San Francisco (many of the Yosemite photographs reproduced the same scenes taken by Carleton Watkins. Muybridge quickly gained notice for his landscape photographs, which showed the grandeur and expansiveness of the West, published under his pseudonym Helios. In the summer of 1873 Muybridge was commissioned to photograph the Modoc War, one of the US Army’s expeditions against West Coast Indians. Read more....