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After photographer Eadweard Muybridge created his revolutionary photographs of animals in motion in the late 1890s, he turned his attention to the study of the human form, by taking detailed photographs in rapid succession step by step as the human body underwent all manner of daily activities. These photographs have served for over a century, as the most highly acclaimed reference point for animators.

Both male and female models were used, each completely naked, showcasting muscle movement, body shifting, and natural drape for each and every task performed. This timeless reference has earned high praise from movie animation, with Walt Disney referring to it as essential. For 3D animation, it is no less useful, with photographs showing body position from side on, from behind, and and front on, accurate enough that the photos can be put together in a rotoscope, and the animation is believable.

Rather than struggling to recreate human, or humanoid form from scratch, this book, and the other variants upon it, exist to make the task as easy as possible. Examples of the type of content found include: men shouldering rifles, women walking up stairs, men playing baseball, a little kid crawling, people of both genders with varying disabilities walking, people of both genders carrying objects in different ways, tumbling, dressing, undressing, hopping on one foot, dancing and so much more.

This volume is the largest collection of Muybridge?s work on human motion in existence, with 4,789 photographs over 390 pages. Two other versions exist, referenced below. One is more of an easy-carry reference book, the other, a CD version.

The Male and Female Figure in Motion: 60 Classic Photographic Sequences



The paperback 'lightweight version of 'The Human Figure in Motion', this book as might be extrapolated from the title, contains 60 photographic sequences of the more common everyday activities of both men and women. Most are nude, allowing the musclature and natural drooping from one frame to anopther to be clearly seen and analysed.




Muybridge's Human Figure in Motion CD-ROM and Book



The paperback 'lightweight version of 'The Human Figure in Motion', this book as might be extrapolated from the title, contains 60 photographic sequences of the more common everyday activities of both men and women. Most are nude, allowing the musculature and natural drooping from one frame to another to be clearly seen and analysed.


 



 

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