Smithsonian

Horse Camera

For his studies of motion, Eadweard Muybridge took advantage of great technological advances for his studies of motion. He used gelatin-covered “dry-plates,” which were much more sensitive to light than collodion. The plates allowed for exposure as fast as 1/2,000th of a second. This allowed him to prove that galloping horses do have all hooves off the ground.

Credit: “Dry-plate” camera, ca. 1887, 14 ¼” high, 26” long, Photographic History Collection, Division of Information Technology and Society, NMAH.