Eadweard Muybridge - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Eadweard Muybridge’s Motion Study, Horse and Rider, recently made a memorable cameo appearance in Jordan Peele’s science-fiction horror film, Nope. One of the main characters in the film, Emerald, contends that her great-great-great-grandfather is the rider pictured atop the galloping horse. Importantly, Muybridge’s assembly of photographs show that which was previously unseen – each moment of a horse’s gallop, specifically the instance when all four legs are airborne. Similarly, the plot of Nope centers on capturing documentation of an evasive, otherworldly entity. Muybridge’s attempt to render the enigmatic into a tangible representation is highly relevant to the film's plot.


Motion Study, Horse and Rider

Collotype, Plate 626 from Animal Locomotion: An Electro-Photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements.
9 x 11 5/8 in. (22.9 x 29.5 cm)
Printed credit, title, plate number, and copyright in the margin.

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$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $8,190

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New York Auction 12 October 2022