Just how moving were those first "moving pictures"? By 1895, when movies made their commercial debut, the public had pretty much accepted photography's claims of factual truth as compared with painting and drawing (even if there were those who had long questioned the camera's veracity—decades earlier, Matthew Brady's assistants had rearranged corpses to give his shots of Civil War battlefields more pathos). But motion pictures promised something that no painting, lithograph, sculpture, or even the silvery grain of photographs could capture: movement. Everything from boxing matches to feeding a baby suddenly... More >>>