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1877North America • USA 
Eadweard Muybridge
Daisy' Cantering, Saddled (Pl.616) 
Eadweard Muybridge experiments with multiple cameras to take successive photographs of horses in motion. The experiments over multiple years result in an improved understanding of human and animal locomotion. 
Muybridge's Complete Human and Animal Locomotion: New Volume 1 (Reprint of original volumes 1-4) 
Eadweard Muybridge
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1880North America • USAGeorge Eastman introduces Roll film for cameras.
1880North America • USA 
Steven Henry Horgan
A Scene in Shantytown, New York 
The first half-tone photograph is published in a newspaper, the New York Daily Graphic, it depicts a dilapidated shantytown. (4 March 1880)
1881North America • USA 
Scientific American 
1881, 24 September
In a rather macabre experiment the US Army blows the head off a mule to test if a 10 by 12 gelatino-bromide instantaneous Eastman dry plate can capture the explosion. It does and the official report appears in Annual Report of the Secretary of War for the Year 1882 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1882), vol. II, part 1, p. 448. (6 June 1881)
1882Europe • France 
Étienne Jules Marey
The photographic gun [Le Fusil photographique] 
French physiologist Étienne Jules Marey invents the chronophotographic gun, a camera shaped like a rifle that records twelve successive photographs per second.
1884Europe • Great BritainHenry Peach Robinson publishes Picture Making by Photography (London: Piper & Carter). This work goes through multiple editions and influences a generation of photographers in the creation of allegorical photographs of sugary sentimentality.
1884North America • USA 
B.D. Jackson
Cincinnati Flood, Smith Street, Looking South February 1884 
1884, February
The largest flood in 19th century America occurs when Ohio River rises 71.1 feet causing devastation and submerging parts of Cincinnati. The event is photographed by B.D. Jackson, J. Landy and others. (14 February 1884)
1886Europe • Great Britain 
Peter Henry Emerson
Gathering Water Lilies 
Peter Henry Emerson publishes Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads. [Read about]
1886Europe • France 
Paul Nadar
The First Photographic Interview 
1886, 8 September
Paul Nadar and Felix Tournachon carried out one of the first photo-interviews of the chemist M.E. Chevreul on his hundredth birthday and thirteen of the photographs were published in Le Journal Illustré on 5th September.
1887GlobalCelluloid film becomes available
1887North America • USAJames Fairchild issued a US patent for "Apparatus for aerial photography". This used a clock mechanism to operate the shutter of a camera supported by a kite or a balloon. (8 February 1887)

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