Single-lens Cine Camera by Louis Le Prince

Made:
1888 in Leeds
maker:
Louis Aimé Augustin Le
One-lens cinematograph camera, made by Louis Le Prince at Leeds in 1888 Made by Le Prince, L. - Yorks: Leeds, 1888. One-lens cinematograph camera, made by Louis Le Prince at Leeds in 1888 Made by Le Prince, L. - Yorks: Leeds, 1888.

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One-lens cinematograph camera, made by Louis Le Prince at Leeds in 1888 Made by Le Prince, L. - Yorks: Leeds, 1888.
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One-lens cinematograph camera, made by Louis Le Prince at Leeds in 1888 Made by Le Prince, L. - Yorks: Leeds, 1888.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Single-lens cinematograph camera, made by Louis Le Prince at Leeds in 1888.

Le Prince patented this single-lens camera in 1888, with which he filmed arguably the earliest moving film footage in the world - Roundhay Garden Scence, Leeds Bridge and Accordion Player in Leeds in the same year. The camera, or 'receiver' as Le Prince called it, was made at his workshop in Leeds. At the front, the lower of the two lenses is the taking lens; the upper is the viewfinder lens.

Details

Category:
Cinematography
Object Number:
1931-4
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, metal (unknown) and wood (unidentified)
type:
cinematograph
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (function)
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (function)
  • cine camera
credit:
G M Le Prince