The theory behind making moving images was known long before the advent of photography. But the introduction of photographic processes, able to capture a fleeting moment in a fraction of a second, soon led early pioneers to think about what was originally known as animated photography. In a brief and concise way, this well illustrated book tells the story of those early years, from the 19th Century onwards, when movie cameras were used only by professional film makers, then moves into the advent of various forms of amateur cine equipment. The development of these cameras, the technologies that revolutionised future design, as well as the sometimes impractical ideas that bloomed briefly before falling by the wayside, all build into a fascinating history of an invention that led to a popular hobby for many and a major industry that has touched us all.
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