Hands On History


Photo by Thomas Eakins/Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art

Thomas Eakins’ “Double Jump” was made on a single plate, using a rotating disk in front of the lens, with the shutter open, to record a series of separate figures rather than a single blurred image. Eakins was one of several 19th century painters who experimented with photography, using the camera to make study models of the human figure and bodies in motion.
 


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