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Kingston’s treasured Muybridge slides set to be showcased in Monaco

Eadweard Muybridge - canoes being manhandled across mudflats.

Glass slides from an internationally-renowned collection by Kingston-born motion photography pioneer, Eadweard Muybridge, are being loaned from Kingston Museum to the New National Museum of Monaco.

The slides feature superimposed images of clouds, which had up until that point been difficult to capture due to exposure time of cameras. Muybridge’s innovative collection will sit alongside the works of Brazilian photographer and inventor, Hercule Florence, in the exhibition. 

Cllr Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Heritage, Arts and Leisure at Kingston Council, said: 

“We are incredibly proud of our Muybridge collection. Eadweard Muybridge was born and raised in Kingston, before setting off to America where his talent for photography was quickly identified and he rose to fame. 

“Eadweard was one of the first to capture movement in photography, paving the way for the motion picture industry that we have today. This phenomenal achievement is one that Kingston is proud to uphold and promote internationally as our cherished collection is exhibited worldwide.” 

The cost of the loan is being wholly met by the New National Museum of Monaco. The exhibition, titled  ‘Hercule Florence: Le Nouveau Robinson’, will be displayed from 16 March to 11 June. 

To find out more about Eadweard Muybridge, visit Kingston Museum’s first artist in residence, Paul Mowatt, who is presenting his Muybridge-influenced artworks until 23 June at Kingston Museum. 

For more information on Kingston Museum, or Eadweard Muybridge and his works, visit www.kingston.gov.uk/museum