Motion Study , by Thomas Eakins, 1885.
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Progressive image. Eakins has dissected a split second or two of time. He has taken a single pole-vault of a man in motion and broken down this fleeting motion into nine equal intervals

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Fascinated by the intricacies of human anatomy, Thomas Eakins used photography to better understand and the represent the musculature of the human body in motion. In this 1885 photo of George Reynolds, Eakins broke down the motion of a single pole vault into nine intervals.

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