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Eadweard James Muybridge was an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion, and early work in motion-picture projection.
Edward James "Helios"Muggeridge was born April 9, 1830 in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England, the son of John Muggeridge and Susannah (Smith) Muggeridge.  He later adopted the name Eadweard Muybridge because he thought it was the correct original Anglo-Saxon spelling of his name. 
Muybridge emigrated to the United States in 1855 beginning a career in San Francisco as a publisher's agent for the London Printing and Publishing Company, and as a bookseller. He was only 25 at the time. Five years later, he missed the boat back to England to buy more books and decided to travel by stagecoach over the southern route to Saint Louis, by rail to New York City, then by ship to England. The stagecoach had an accident in central Texas and Edward sustained a head injury. He was treated for three months at Fort Smith, Arkansas and then for a year in New York before he was able to sail for England. This accident was important because Edward suffered from personality changes that are said to have freed his creative instincts. He was less concerned with society's norms and was considered to have eccentric behavior.
While recuperating further in England, Edward took up photograph on the advice of his doctor. He learned the wet-plate collodion process. There were many exciting photographers in England at the time that may have influenced his work. However, in 1867 he eagerly returned to the United States to photograph the West. By 1868 his large photographs of Yosemite Valley made him world famous.
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