- n. photography, history An instrument developed by Eadweard Muybridge in the 1870's, similar to the phenakistoscope. The instrument involves a disc that includes serial pictures being rotated in front of a light source, projecting them upon a screen, to exhibit the natural movements of animals and the like.
“He then put a series of these stop-motion images on a disk, span it in a machine he called the zoopraxiscope and from that, people say, invented motion pictures.”
“He was one of the great photographic thinkers, whose mind reached ahead from still photography towards the inevitable invention of the cinema, which he anticipated by constructing a gadget called a zoopraxiscope that could animate sequences of images to display mules kicking or nymphs dancing.”
“He also invented a popular device called a zoopraxiscope which allowed him to run the photographs in sequence at high speeds, creating the illusion of a moving image – an early indication of the power of cinema.”
“zoopraxiscope" - what today would be called a movie projector.”
“In addition to glass negatives, stereographs, proof prints and lantern slides, the exhibition also features Mr. Muybridge's only remaining zoopraxiscope, an apparatus he constructed in 1879 to project film.”
“He created another strange device which, with his talent for naming things awkwardly (starting with himself), he called the zoopraxiscope.”
“Digital video editing: an adaptation of the moving image camera or zoopraxiscope, invented around 1867”
“The last genuinely new artistic genres, the photograph and the moving picture, appeared in the 1820s and the 1890s respectively — or maybe in 1879, with Eadweard Muybridge's zoopraxiscope.”
“The difficulties involved in the preparation of the disk pictures and in the manipulation of the zoopraxiscope prevented the instrument from attracting much attention.”
“Muybridge displayed images like the ones in his galloping horse by projecting them through a brass and wood contraption he invented called a zoopraxiscope.”
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