A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know. -- Diane Arbus
November 8, 2003 9:18 AM   Subscribe

Anima: A fascinating archive of the ways early photography was used to give the illusion of motion, as well as information on the evolution of optical toys and early cinema.
posted by anastasiav (4 comments total)
Lovely link, Anastasiav! After seeing it here, I sent it to neurologist-author Oliver Sacks, who is fascinated by zoopraxiscopes and other early optical-motion devices... Thanks.
posted by digaman at 9:31 AM on November 8, 2003

digaman, do you know Oliver Sacks?
posted by anastasiav at 4:09 PM on November 8, 2003

Anastasiav -- in fact, I do. I met Oliver when I wrote this in-depth profile of him for Wired magazine, which was just reprinted in The Best Science and Nature Writing of 2003. If you're a fan of his work, I have a story in the December issue of Wired, which will be out this week, about the neurology of a young musical genius, and Oliver shows up in the story to say his usual brilliantly insightful things. He's one of my favorite people.
posted by digaman at 5:51 PM on November 8, 2003

Fascinating stuff - I think I'll try some of this myself - who needs CG? Or in fact film..
posted by Mossy at 6:02 PM on November 8, 2003

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