"Booklist" review of "Moments Captured"
October 19, 2012Booklist review of Moments Captured. Seidman, Robert J. (Author)
Nov 2012. 384 p. Overlook, hardcover, $26.95. (9781468300482).
The life and exploits of pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge are examined in delectable detail in Seidman’s engrossing novel. The realities of Muybridge’s professional tasks and historic achievements are set against the personal temptations of Holly Hughes, the fictional lover and muse Seidman invents. An internationally acclaimed dancer, Hughes is a zealously outspoken proponent of free love and women’s rights, and her passion for both spurs an equally intense drive in Muybridge to break new ground in stop-action photographic techniques. He is given the perfect opportunity by California’s grandiose former governor, Leland Stanford, when Stanford accepts the challenge to provide photographic proof that his champion racehorse gallops at such a pace that he is temporarily airborne. Although Muybridge’s creativity and ambition are instrumental in transforming photography from an exclusively static medium into motion pictures, his personal life devolves into sordid scandal when he murders Hughes’ former lover, in a variation of the crime Muybridge actually did commit. Seidman combines brisk pacing and bold passions to dynamically illuminate a crucial chapter in America’s artistic and technological history.
— Carol Haggas