We are entertained by an endless stream of images based on the invention of stop-motion photography. Video cameras record a series of pictures – many per second – which are replayed back to us on movie screens, televisions, and computer monitors, thus preserving moments in time even long after the subjects are dead. I once read that the inventor of the motion picture camera was the famous Thomas Edison, but it turns out he was basically a thief and appropriated the invention of another.
Edward Muggeridge was an Englishman with an artistic eye and a penchant for inventions who emigrated to the United States, eventually settling in San Francisco and becoming a landscape photographer. This was in the frontier decades of California where a person could reinvent himself, and Muggeridge went through a series of names including "Helios" before finally calling himself Eadweard Muybridge. Along the way he made friends with the most powerful and influential people in the city and even killed a man.