These beautiful animations tell the life stories of the first photographs ever made, the forgotten innovations and the pioneers of photography.


Welcome to a snippet of work by uber talented animator and illustrator, Drew Christie. Drew was commissioned to create 3 animations for the SFMoMA’s Photographic Interpretive Center, each telling the story of one of the first pioneers of photography. These are not only beautiful, they are incredibly informative and well worth a watch.

Drew’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Drawn, Cartoon Brew, Boooooooom! and Juxtapoz among other sites. He also makes short films, music videos, commercials, cartoons, books, zines and relief prints. If you’d like to keep up with more from Drew you can find him on Vimeo or visit his website.

First up, “Sun Pictures”, depicting the story of the first photographs ever made and the forgotten innovations of William Henry Fox Talbot.

This is the story about the high’s and low’s of pioneering mammoth plate photographer, Carlton Watkins.

“Slices of Time”, watch how cinematic legend Eadweard Muybridge made history.

(via Drew Christie via PetaPixel)