Technology

The oldest surviving film

August 7, 2013
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Louis Le Prince's Camera, on which the oldest known moving picture was shot.

While Thomas Edison and/or the Lumiere brothers are popularly credited with the invention of the moving picture – something which Edison, a notorious credit taker did little to discourage – history suggests otherwise. As, indeed, does this very short film clip, shot in Roundhay, near Leeds in 1888 by inventor Louis le Prince.

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The most expensive photos in the world…

January 29, 2013
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The most expensive photos in the world…

It’s amazing to think that one of the most expensive photographs ever sold should be of the inside of an ultra-cheapo 99c store, but life’s funny like that. Andreas Gursky’s “99 cent II Diptychon” sold for the not-insignificant sum of $3,346,456 at Sotheby’s in London back in February 2007. A second print sold for $2.5…

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First photograph of a human being c.1838

January 25, 2013
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First photograph of a human being c.1838

Boulevard du Temple was taken in Paris in 1838/1839 by Louis Daguerre, inventor of the daguerrotype process – the first commercially successful photographic process. The picture’s of a street scene, but the 10+ mins exposure time captured the man getting his boots polished in the bottom left of the shot – the only thing (other…

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The Mechanical Galleon

January 24, 2013
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The Mechanical Galleon

Dating from c1585, Hans Schlottheim’s mechanical galleon was a clock with a difference… Designed to ‘sail’ down a long banqueting table, it had model sailors hammering bells from the crow’s nest, a small organ for added musicality and, just in case it hadn’t caught your attention, a drum skin stretched across the base of the…

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