The British publisher settles in the United States in 1852 and opens a photographic studio - after having studied the new discipline in Great Britain - in 1866, in San Francisco. Specialized in the panoramas of American landscapes such as the Yosemite Valley and the city of San Francisco, Edward Muybridge becomes promptly famous. In 1872, he is commissioned by Leland Stanford to photograph his horse while trotting at speed to prove his theory asserting that at a certain moment the horse would have all four feet of the ground. In 1873, Edward Muybridge not only proves the point but also succeeds in photographing movement. In order to share his groundbreaking work, the photographer invents the zoopraxiscope that can project his moving pictures on a screen, an invention that highly anticipated the birth of cinema. By proving a horse could fly, Edward Muybridge influenced numerous modern artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Francis Bacon while he initiated the long march to motion pictures.