In 1872, Leland Stanford,
former governor of
California, hired
Eadweard Muybridge
to photograph one of his
horses to prove that
all four hooves leave
the ground at once when a
horse is at full gallop.

Muybridge designed a
special camera with a
very wide lens, and he
set up twelve of them
at a racetrack.
As the horse
ran down the track
it triggered strings that
activated the cameras.

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