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Christian Glennon Global Art Research Paper: The Artist in the Global Studio known that Muybridge received two patents for inventions, including an improved photo printing process and a machine for washing clothes, and developed a mastery of photography.3 He moved back to San Francisco in 1867, but left his bookselling business in the past in favor of his newly developed technical proficiency and artistic eye.

Having been born in 1830 with the name Edward Muggeridge, the man known as Eadweard Muybridge changed his name several times throughout his life, even before his neurologically induced eccentricity. When he first moved to the United States, he went by the surname “Muygridge.” Upon return to California, he changed it again to Edward “Muybridge.” In 1882, he adjusted his first name from “Edward” to “Eadweard,” possibly inspired by a monument of Saxon kings in his English home town.4 Back in San Francisco in 1867 Muybridge coined the name Helios - meaning Sun. Interestingly, he sold his photographs under his real name, “Eadweard Muybridge,” despite authoring the images as Helios. This was perhaps to help differentiate him from the bookseller he no longer was.

Muybridge insisted himself to be an artist - not merely a camera operator as many assumed of photographers at the time. He purchased a carriage and created one of the first mobile darkrooms, complete with the imaginative title “Helio’s Flying Studio” painted on the side. He began to spread his fame and build his fortune as a landscape photographer, selling prints of the Yosemite Valley and San Francisco Bay. He focused on landscape and architecture subjects, but also advertised portrait photography services. He was hired by clients including Robert B. Woodward, for whom he photographed Woodward's Gardens, an amusement

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