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History of the Kinetograph (PB)

History of the Kinetograph (PB)

2000

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History of the Kinetograph (PB)

By W. K. L. Dickson and Antonia Dickson

This book is a facsimile edition of the first history of the cinema by W. K. L. Dickson and Antonia Dickson, and was reproduced from W. K. L. Dickson's own annotated copy of the book. When first published in 1895, practical moving pictures were barely two years old, and film projection was yet to be perfected. Dickson's book, acquired by The Museum of Modern Art in 1940, is a unique document, one that allows the reader to experience the wonder and promise of the cinema in its infancy.

W. K. L. Dickson, co-author with his sister Antonia of this book and of The Life and Inventions of Thomas Alva Edison (1894), had begun to work with Edison in 1883. Within five years, he was leader of the team at the inventor's laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey, that was attempting to build "an instrument which does for the Eye what the phonograph does for the Ear." The results of their labor were the kinetograph (the camera used for photographing motion pictures) and the kinetoscope (the means for viewing them). 54 illustrations.

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Type Film, Media, + Performance
Published 2000
ISBN 0870700383
Pages 55