William Friese-Greene

British photographer and inventor (1855–1921) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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William Friese-Greene (born William Edward Green, 7 September 1855 – 5 May 1921) was a prolific English inventor and professional photographer. He was known as a pioneer in the field of motion pictures, having devised a series of cameras in 1888–1891 and shot moving pictures with them in London. He went on to patent an early two-colour filming process in 1905. Wealth came with inventions in printing, including photo-typesetting and a method of printing without ink, and from a chain of photographic studios. However, he spent it all on inventing, went bankrupt three times, was jailed once, and died in poverty.

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William Friese-Greene
Friese-Greene circa 1890
Born(1855-09-07)7 September 1855
Bristol, England
Died5 May 1921(1921-05-05) (aged 65)
London, England
Resting placeHighgate Cemetery
NationalityBritish
Occupation(s)Inventor, photographer
Known forMotion pictures, printing, photography
Spouse(s)Victoria Mariana Helena Friese, Edith Harrison
Children7
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The Friese-Greene grave in Highgate Cemetery