The pioneering 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge is most famous for his motion studies. These rapid-fire sequences of images allowed us to study the bodies of humans and animals as they moved through time. A landmark exhibition now examines the breadth of his work, including his majestic landscapes of an American West undergoing the turmoil brought on by the Indian Wars and the arrival of the railroads. Also on hand is the only surviving Zoopraxiscope, a device of Muybridge's invention now considered a precursor of cinema. The show is accompanied by a handsome catalogue that places his technological advances in the context of his swiftly changing era.
"Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change," through July 18. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; .
Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change, $85, .