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The Human Figure in Motion

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This is the largest selection ever made from the famous Muybridge sequence high-speed photographs of human motion. Containing 4,789 photographs, it illustrates some 163 different types of action: elderly man lifting log, woman sweeping, woman climbing ladder, men boxing and wrestling, child crawling, man lifting weight, man jumping, and 155 other types of action, some of ...more
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published June 1st 1955 by Dover Publications
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Katelyn Jenkins
Very similar to Muybridge's book "Animals in Motion." Pictures are aesthetically similar, but take particular focus on human form and daily activity. It is a sensitive book, however, as, you know, this book is directed towards mature artists for their studies (these are nude people -- nude is different than naked).
All in all, it is incredibly useful for animators and artists wishing to do life drawing studies, and dare I say it, this should be updated along with his many other books on the
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Angie
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is never stationary on my book shelf for long. I use it when I am drawing as a reference for all forms of movement. Taking it the age of the photographs and the precision and layout it is an amazing collection and something I will never tire of.
Anna C
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A fantastic reference book for artists, and I was lucky enough to find this at a used bookstore on the cheap. For animators, this is probably the Bible (in the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, I think I saw this book or something very similar in Miyazaki's study). For artists working on figure drawing, it might not be the absolute best resource, since the photos are so small, and not very high def. You can get the general form needed for a gesture drawing, but couldn't try to figure out the ...more
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A consistent reference for drawing & looking at movement and relationship of shapes.
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Eadweard James Muybridge (/ˌɛdwərd ˈmaɪbrɪdʒ/; 9 April 1830 – 8 May 1904, birth name Edward James Muggeridge) was an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion, and early work in motion-picture projection. He adopted the name Eadweard Muybridge, believing it to be the original Anglo-Saxon form of his name.

He emigrated to the United States as a young
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