Not So New Art Form

These Incredible Animated GIFs Are More Than 150 Years Old

More than 150 years before Buzzfeed uploaded its first cat GIF, people were already captivated by looping animations. In those days, of course, there was no photoshop or screen grabbing, no Tumblrs and Twitter to help craft and share the perfect GIF. Rather, artists relied on optical tools—things like zoetropes, phenakistoscopes, thaumatropes and other gadgets with very strange names to bring their illustrations to life.

The Richard Balzer Collection

Galloping Horse 1878, Eadweard Muybridge

Muybridge Photographs Reinvented As Animated GIFs