Gif Early Days / by Michael Foley

From its early days, the GIF had an inherent element of fun Some notable artiest in the midd 90's were Chuck Poynter, an Air Force veteran who died in 2001 left behind an eclectic

collection of clip art animations. Olia Lialina a Russian Internet artist pioneer started experimenting with the format in 1997. The first GIF she created was a photo series of an eerie looking monochromatic window .

One of the first viral gif file came out in 1996 called Dancing Baby produced by Character Studio.