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esearch the development of photography and film and the work of Eadweard Muybridge. They will create their own studio project using light and motion, and then write an essay about their project and how it relates to Muybridge and the development of film.
Man Ray. Untitled (Light Writing) 1939, Printed after 1960. Smithsonian American Museum of Art
Photographer Eadweard Muybridge played a pivotal role role in the advancement of still photography into the new field of cinematography. When his photographic sequences were played his new invention–the zöopraxiscope–the resulting “moving pictures” heralded the beginning of the new art of cinematography. Review the material on Eadweard Muybridge, including the still sequence, Horse in Motion, in Chapter 10 of Artforms. Next, watch two of Muybridge’s works: Race Horse (1878) and Buffalo (1883).
Step 2: Studio Work
Can still photography ever adequately convey fleeting experiences such as light and motion? Using one of the photographic devices available to you, including a digital camera, cell phone camera, or even a copy machine, create a work of art that conveys the theme of light, motion, or both.
Step 3: Writing
When you have achieved your desired photographic effect, copy and paste your photo into a document file. Include a proper caption for the work with your name, date, and your photo’s title. Use short essay format to explain your subject matter and process in a part of a 800 word summary. Include a thesis statement in your introduction. Employ the vocabulary specific to photography, and include an assessment of your work based on the principles of design and elements of art. As you evaluate your final results, be sure to answer the following questions:
Did you “capture” the image you hoped for?
Did you feel restricted by your chosen technology?
Did you wish you could switch to video?
We are surrounded by a world of light and motion. Was the development of still photography into the realm of “movies” inevitable? If Eadweard Muybridge had not done this, do you think someone else would have?
Aside from his initial bet with Leland Stanford, what do you think drove Eadweard Muybridge to produce sequenced images, invent the zöopraxiscope, and produce the first primitive cinematic work?
Create a “Works Cited” section that lists your 3+ scholarly sources in MLA Style format at the end of your paper. Be sure you have properly cited any direct quotes you use in support of your own writing. For help with MLA Style citations, visit the suggested links in the ART 110 Research Guide or in our course home page’s Links area.
Step 4: Submit
Before you submit your assignment to the Dropbox, review the instructions once again to make sure you have answered the required questions and provide relevant support. As always, the title of your saved file must include the module number and your last name (M1_LastName). Your work should be saved and submitted as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file. The Essay