Born October 5, 1864 – June 6, 1948
Patent #: 591,858
Louis and Auguste Lumière, innovators in photography, designed a camera and
projector apparatus called the Cinématographe, which became the basis for
contemporary cinematic projection.
Born in Besançon, France, Louis studied at École Technique, La Martinière. The Lumières’ work had an immediate effect on popular culture. Their early films were the first documentaries filmed and later works served as the precursor to cinematic slapstick comedy. They also created the first newsreel, which was of the French Photographic Society Conference. By 1897, they enjoyed worldwide fame and their number of films had expanded to over 700.