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.
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