Eadweard Muybridge: The Central American Journey

February 2, 2007 — April 28, 2007

Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and G Streets, NW)


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Eadweard Muybridge, The Cabildo, Panama, 1875, published 1877, albumen silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jeffrey A. Lichtenberg in honor of his parents Laura and Harold Lichtenberg

Eadweard Muybridge (1830–1904), a preeminent landscape photographer who is best known for his stop-action photographs of humans and animals in motion, traveled to South America in 1875 for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. While in Panama and Guatemala, he photographed contemporary life as well as scenic ruins and the extensive plantations for the emerging coffee industry. The exhibition will feature more than 60 photographs from Muybridge's Central American trips. Many of these photographs from the museum's permanent collection will be presented for this first time.


"Eadweard Muybridge: The Central American Journey" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.