Photography byEtienne Jules Marey

Homme courant, poussant devant lui une roue - 1890

Photography byEtienne Jules Marey
Little story

Considered as the founding father of the cinematographic technique, this French physiologist invented the first chronophotographic camera outfitted with a time obturator. From 1880, he investigated and perfected, on behalf of the War Ministry, the first basic rules for the study of motion using instruments; among other things, he analyzed the way a man and a horse walk. For his experiments, he had a 10-meter deep and wide black backdrop built in a hangar and covered it with tar and black velvet. To Marey, chronophotography translates attitudes produced in consecutive moments as if they were simultaneous; he liked to say that his images were intended for the soul and not the senses.

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