The Lumière Brothers, Part 1


Auguste and Louis Lumiere in their laboratory in Lyon, France, circa 1892. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

The Lumières are often associated with early film technology, but that wasn't the only area where they innovated. This first of two parts covers their early life and how they went from a successful photography business into building a film camera.

Walt Disney Talking about Reynaud’s Theatre Optique

Scenes from Mexico and the 1900 Paris Exposition

Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

Holly's Research:

  • Special to The New York Times. “Louis Lumière, 83, A Screen Pioneer.” New York Times. June 7, 1948. https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1948/06/07/85271386.html?pageNumber=19
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  • The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Kinetoscope.” Encyclopædia Britannica. August 03, 2017. https://www.britannica.com/technology/Kinetoscope
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  • Bierend, Doug. “SEE THOMAS EDISON'S STEAMPUNK VERSION OF OCULUS RIFT.” Wired. May 29, 2014. https://www.wired.com/2014/05/kinetoscope/
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  • Antman, Mark. “The Autochrome: 100 Years of Color Photography.” The Picture Professional. Issue 2, 2007. http://theimageworks.com/pdf/100years.pdf
  • The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Cinematographe.” Encyclopædia Britannica. May 02, 2017. https://www.britannica.com/technology/Cinematographe
  • Slade, Caroline. “The Lumière Brothers: celebrating the first light in the motion picture industry.” The Telegraph. Oct. 19, 2012. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/9618679/The-Lumière-Brothers-celebrating-the-first-light-in-the-motion-picture-industry.html
  • Youngs, Ian. “Louis Le Prince, who shot the world’s first film in Leeds.” BBC News. June 23, 2015. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-33198686
  • “Thomas Edison: Motion Pictures.” National Park Service. Feb. 26, 2015. https://www.nps.gov/edis/learn/kidsyouth/motion-pictures.htm
  • Biography.com Editors. “Louis Lumière.” Biography. April 2, 2014. https://www.biography.com/people/louis-lumière-21333665
  • Biography.com Editors. “Auguste Lumière.” Biography.com. April 2, 2014. https://www.biography.com/people/auguste-lumière-21330413
  • Perisse, Camille. “1939, War Prevents the Festival from Taking Place.” Festival de Cannes. June 21, 2017. http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/infos-communiques/info/articles/1939-war-prevents-the-festival-from-taking-place
  • Salazard, B. et al. “Auguste Lumière, pioneer of the modern cicatrization.” Ann Chir Plast Esthet. June 2003. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12837641#

Topics in this Podcast: entertainment history, film history, siblings, 19th century, 20th century, Lumiere brothers, biographies, Thomas Edison, photography

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