See the moving picture

FIGURE 2.15

Photographers on the Move

Débarquement des Congressistes à Neuville-sur-Saône / Neuville-sur-Saône: Débarquement du Congrès des Photographes à Lyon (Landing of the Congress Participants at Neuville-sur-Saône

Louis Lumiere, France, 1895

On 22 March 1895, five weeks after getting his first patent, Louis Lumière demonstrated the cinématographe to the Society for the Encouragement of National Industry. Auguste gave a demonstration before the Congress of Learned Societies on 17 April 1895, and two months later, Louis presented an extended program to the Congress of French Photographic Societies. The conference began on 10 June, and on the 11th, Lumière filmed an excursion of the participants on the River Saône. The next day, he screened the resulting footage for the assembled delegates. As this schedule of events makes clear, the commercial interest of the Lumières in the new technology of the cinema was as much a matter of science and industry as it was of entertainment and art.

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