Thom Andersen’s extraordinary meditation on the nature of vision, a project that began as a UCLA film thesis for which the aspiring filmmaker re-photographed thousands of Muybridge images, is “at once a biography of Muybridge, a re-animation of his historic sequential photographs, and an inspired examination of their philosophical implications…The ‘zoopraxography’ of the title speaks to both Muybridge’s practice of motion study — as distinct from photography — and his 1879 device, which enabled the images’ projection. As such, it foregrounds Muybridge’s role in the invention of cinema, and cinema itself as an illusion arising from stillness” (Ross Lipman, UCLA). Preceded by a re-animation of Muybridge’s protofilm Horse in Motion.
A co-production with Capture Photography Festival.
- Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (Thom Andersen, 1975, 59 min, DCP). Courtesy of Thom Andersen and LUX, London.
- Horse (John Stezaker, 2012)
Courtesy Thom Andersen and LUX, London; John Stezaker and The Approach, London.