1895: Birth of Cinematography

The magic of cinema began with two French brothers, Louis and Auguste Lumière. The two worked at their father’s small photography company from a young age and began experimenting with methods of photographic plate automation in fear of their family business going bankrupt. Inspired by Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope, the Lumières wanted to create a moving picture display that could be enjoyed by an entire audience rather than just one person. Their dreams came true with the invention of the Cinématographe, a device that could record, develop, and project black-and-white films. Shortly after the Cinématographe was patented, the Lumière brothers ventured to the Salon Indien du Grand Café in Paris, where the first audience came together and watched movies. Today, the Lumière brothers’ innovative spirit and passion to bring audiences together under the big screen remain alive within FunFlicks®.