Eadweard Muybridge Essay

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THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE BY PAUL GATWARD Eadweard Muybridge is one of the most significant figures in the history of photography and cinema. Born just as photography was invented, in a world changing faster than ever before, Muybridge tried to capture change, and spent his life time building a body of artistic and scientific works that is still being admired and used as a helpful resource to this very day. He was an ingenious inventor and is considered by many as the father of Cinema He was also one of the finest landscape photographers of the west. But this success may have been the result of an earlier incident in his life when he was involved in an accident whilst travelling on a stage coach where he sustained a serious head injury that may have changed not just his decision making but the very core that is Eadweard Muybridge. In a journal Called, Muybridge in motion: Travels in Art, Psychology and Neurology by Arthur P. Shimamura, Professor of Psychology and faculty member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. Shimamura writes about the affects of a serious forehead injury or ‘orbitofrontal damage’. In patients with orbitofrontal damage, the loss of emotional control is often characterized as a personality change by relatives and friends. That is, the demeanor of an individual’s changes, often from stable responsible and friendly to fitful argumentative and aggressive. Uncontrollable emotional outburst, inappropriate sexual advances and a sudden change it the emotional state create a sense that the patient is a different person altogether. Thus unlike other forms of brain damage – where intelligence memory or language are disrupted – orbital-frontal damage impairs ones emotional control and reactivity. (Arthur P Shimamura ) He then goes onto say that unless you are completely familiar with the individual before and after the
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