The Lives of Photography’s Early Pioneers

Posted by on Wednesday June 15, 2016 | Video

To paraphrase Henry Longfellow, the lives of historic figures “all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.”

The task of bringing those footprints back to life for a modern audience has fallen to animator Drew Christie, who was recently commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to create several animated shorts exploring the lives of photography’s early pioneers.

First up is “Sun Pictures” which chronicles the life of Henry Fox Talbot, British inventor and creator of the photographic negative.

In “Slices of Time”, Christie explores the work of Eadweard Muybridge, another British inventor credited with developing motion picture projection.

Finally, landscape photographer Carleton Watkins gets his due in “Peaks and Perils.” Watkins is famous for, among other things, using images to help convince Congress to preserve Yosemite as a National Park.

Hat tip: ISO 2000

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