Exposing Muybridge: A Special Documentary Screening and Presentation on the Life and Work of a Technological Disruptor - First screening
On a balmy June morning in 1878, photographer Eadweard Muybridge famously captured the airborne gait of a prized trotting horse at Leland Stanford’s stock farm in Palo Alto, California. Muybridge’s long and complicated history with Stanford, including experiments documenting animals in motion that set the stage for the motion picture a decade later, are only part of the story of this fascinating man, one filled with ambition, betrayal, deception, and even murder.
Director Marc Shaffer’s Exposing Muybridge presents the first full documentary treatment of Muybridge’s life, one that has been hailed as “one of the best films on photography ever made” (TechRadar). While Muybridge’s motion images indeed opened our eyes to invisible worlds, they also harbor secrets that provoke an enduring question: Can we believe what we see in a photograph?
Colorful interviews with scholars, photographers, and experts - including Stanford historian emeritus Richard White and Muybridge collector Gary Oldman - bring Muybridge to life while featuring hundreds of his landscape and motion photographs, many from Cantor Arts Center and Stanford Libraries collections.
There will be two screenings of the film followed by conversations with director Marc Shaffer and other scholars to discuss Muybridge’s legacy as a technological disruptor in the arts and sciences. The first session will feature Corey Keller,former photography curator at SFMOMA and an advisor to the film, and Scott Delp, Stanford professor of bioengineering and the 2021 recipient of the Muybridge Award.The second session will feature Corey Keller and Ryan Coffee, senior staff scientist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
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Cost:$25 General, Free to SHS Members
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