Lee and Turner Three-Colour Projector

Made:
1902 in Brighton
designer:
Charles Urban
inventor:
Edward Raymond Turner
maker:
Alfred Darling

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Lee & Turner Three-Colour Projector
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Lee and Turner three colour projector, 1901.

In 1899 Edward R Turner (d. 1903), financed by F Marshall Lee, made the first attempt to invent a process of colour cinematography. Turner devised a camera that filmed consecutive frames through red, green and blue filters on 38mm film. The projector had a triple gate and lens that superimposed three frames simultaneously on the screen. As the film passed through the projector, a rotating filter wheel behind the lens ensured each frame was shown with its appropriate colour. The process, however, proved impractical.

Details

Category:
Cinematography
Object Number:
1919-230
type:
38 mm lee and turner colour ciné film projector
taxonomy:
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford
status:
Permanent collection

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