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Now artists, illustrators, photographers, and scientists can have Eadweard Muybridge's rare, unparalleled true action photographs in an inexpensive paperbound edition. Sixty classic photographic sequences of the male and female figure in motion, selected from the monumental original collection of 781, have been painstakingly reproduced on fine coated stock.
Taken at speeds ranging up to 1/6000th of a second, these incredibly precise images show undraped subjects against ruled backgrounds in countless actions, most from three angles: front, rear, and three-quarter view. You'll find men boxing, hammering, heaving a rock, walking, running, leaping, climbing steps, carrying weights, and playing baseball, cricket, and football. Dozens of stopped-action photographs show women walking, turning, kneeling, jumping, bending, dancing, and dressing. And several sequences illustrate children in various activities.
No more complete study of the human body in action has ever been done. Countless split-second motions involved in even the simplest movements—the curling of toes, the shift of gravity centers, the tightening and relaxing of muscles, the myriad of subtle details that make drawings, paintings, and animations come to life—are captured in these historic photographs.
Eadweard Muybridge's nineteenth-century masterpiece remains one of the greatest achievements of art and photography. This edition brings a superb selection of classic action photographs within everyone's reach.
Dover selection of 60 complete sequences from Animal Locomotion (1887).

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Anatomy for Artists
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (December 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486247457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486247458
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By DJ Rix on November 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
Muybridge's seemingly artless photography sequences are one of the great wonders of photography, fascinating & humorous. How else could one react to a series of photos showing a nude woman stepping on to a chair to pour cold water on to another? Or to two young men playing leap frog?

Here are rather average bodies - by contemporary standards - throwing baseballs, kneeling & turning, heaving rocks, crawling, descending stairs, walking, running, carrying buckets, attempting a somersault while a pigeon crosses the path. The backgrounds of graphs & lines not only provide the artist's units of measurement, but establish a visual continuity more modern than he could have known.

The Male and Female Figure in Motion is a classic collection, beautifully produced & inexpensively priced. Great for artists & lovers of photography, this volume is part of Dover Publication's Pictorial Archive series, which means you are free to use them in your arts & crafts or post them on web pages. Dover also offers a companion collection of Muybridge's important animal locomotion photographs.

Bob Rixon
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By E. Richards on August 16, 2000
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Its all covered in "The Human Figure in Motion". If you want Muybridge, may as well get a more comprehensive volume, eh?
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The picture quality is not as good as I had hoped, but it is good enough for basic forms. It gives me a huge range of poses without having clothing in the way.

The only series of images in it I dislike are the ones where the woman seems embarrassed and is covering her lower privates. The majority of those images do not reveal much anyway, and it makes them look "awkward." They are the "Turning around in surprise and running away" images. If she was covering her stomach or breasts it would look more natural. I am not sure why they chose these to be some of the larger images.

The rest of the images are fantastic. I especially like the way the same actions have a multitude of viewing angles. I wish I had this resource sooner.. the running ones would have me a lot a few months ago.

I am sure I will get lots of use from this book.
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This book is a superb collection of still photos taken from films of various men, women and children doing just about any action one could think of. Extremely helpful for an artist, illustrator or animator as it provides a range of views of people in motion.
Strongly recommended.
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