A 1965 Tribute to Eadweard Muybridge's Motion Studies

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This documentary from the U.S. Department of Defense tells the story of scientific photography, tracing it back to the work of Eadweard Muybridge in the 1870s. It Started With Muybridge, courtesy of the Internet Archive, reveals how the modern techniques of the 1960s, with their applications in defense systems, drew on Muybridge's historic motion studies. Google celebrates the photographer's birthday on April 9 with a special Google Doodle (below). Google's tribute is fitting because another legacy of Muybridge's investigations, we argue on the Atlantic Video channel, is the modern-day cat video.

For more films from the Internet Archive, visit http://archive.org/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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