Frank and Lillian M. Gilbreth

by Huseby

In 1914 Frank Gilbreth and his wife Lillian M. Gilbreth used small lights to track the motion of manufacturing and clerical workers in one exposure photograph. The light painting photographs were created as a study of what they called “work simplification”, and not as an artistic endeavor. The Gilbreth’s wanted to develop ways to increase employee output and simplify their jobs.

Their photographs are an inspiration to the study of motion. And even though the Gilbreth’s purely did it as a study of “work simplification”, the photographs, in my opinion, have an artistic expression too.

Cyclegraph by Frank Gilbreth

Work Simplification Study by Frank Gilbreth