Eadweard Muybridge: The Central American Journey

Media - 1999.97.21 - SAAM-1999.97.21_1 - 55836

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.

Visiting Information

February 2, 2007 April 28, 2007
Open Daily, 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m
Free Admission


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


Eadweard Muybridge
born Kingston-upon-Thames, England 1830-died Kingston-upon-Thames, England 1904

Born Edward Muggeridge in England, Muybridge came to the United States in 1850 as a publishing representative. By 1856 he had opened a bookstore in San Francisco.