Wednesday, October 27, 2010


London's modern museum, Tate has launched one of those photography iPhone applications that attempts to give your photos a vintage artistic feel.  Except this one is modeled to emulate the technique coined back in the late 19th century, by iconic photographer, Eadweard Muybridge.  Hence, the app's name: Muybridgizer.  The British photographer was known for his groundbreaking method that captured motion in his photos--usually capturing horses in movement while employing a series of shots to showcase the effect (as shown below after the jump).

Tate offers the app for free at the App Store.  The most amusing feature of the application is how the camera will function almost like a video recorder for a few seconds (even if your phone doesn't actually offer this feature--as in the case of the 3G).  As you point your iPhone camera at your subject, it records a sequence of pictures, while setting up the final upshot of the Muybridgizer.  If you do own the 3GS or the iPhone 4, you may also swipe to play the sequence (as shown below).

We highly recommend getting this app, not only because it's gratis, but because it actually offers an incomparable experience than those of other photography iPhone apps out there.  Most of the photo apps seeking to simulate an artistic feel, already charge about a few dollars to begin with.  Plus more often than not, the images usually retain an obvious synthetic after-taste.  Muybridgizer on the other hand, remains as mysterious as when Muybridge himself unveiled his photographic invention by using multiple stereoscopic cameras.   Only this time, you're using your super mobile (instantaneous results and all), to try and grasp the same concept.  

Download Muybridgizer: HERE.
Eadweard Muybridge Exhibition at Tate showing till January 16, 2011

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