Antoine Lumiere, father of Lumiere bros.

Antoine Lumiere, father of Lumiere bros.

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Caption: Antoine Lumiere (1842-1911), father of Auguste and Louis Lumiere, French pioneers of cinematography. Antoine and his sons owned a photographic materials factory in Lyons, France. After seeing an Edison kinetoscope in Paris in 1894, Antoine suggested to Louis and Auguste that they work on developing a motion picture system. On 13th February 1895 they obtained a patent for their "cinematographe", a combined camera and projector that operated at 16 frames a second. The first public showing was in Paris on 28 December of the same year. The show comprised ten films including Repas de bebe and the now famous L'Arroseur arrose. Photoprint by JC Straus, 1904.

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