Motion Study- Man Walking, 1890s Gelatin silver bromide print, mounted to tan paper mount; annotated 'Marey 6.5' in an unidentified hand in pencil on the paper mount verso. 7 x 12 1/4in
Provenance: Christie's, New York, 17 April 1997, lot 32 Property from a Mid-Western Collection
Literature: See: Braun, Picturing Time: The Work of Étienne-Jules Marey, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1992, p. 106-114 for related images
Like his contemporary, Eadweard Muybridge, Etienne Jules Marey, a physiologist, was similarly interested in the science of human movement. By 1882, he had developed a single camera method that he called chronophotography, which allowed him to make images of human and animal movement. His camera was the forerunner of the motion picture camera. Marey's chronophotographs were some of the first images to illustrate the exact process of body movement.