First stereo cine camera, 1890.
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actual image size: 24cm x 32cm

First stereo cine camera, 1890.

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Made by William Friese Greene (1855-1921). This camera, produced in asociation with A Lege and Co, has many of the characteristics of the succesful moving picture cameras of 1896, but was unable to take photographs at sufficient speed to produce a true moving picture effect. Having invented a means of projecting sequential photographs by lantern slides in the 1880s, Friese Greene is hailed by some as the English inventor of cinematography, although he did not propose perforated strips of film for either photography or projection.

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