Louis Le Prince

Who was Louis Le Prince?

Louis Le Prince was a Frenchman who came to Leeds in 1866. He was an extremely clever man and invented a camera that was able to capture moving images. Louis then went on to shoot two famous animations at Roundhay Park in Leeds and on Leeds Bridge.

The Inventor...

In 1888 Le Prince built a single lens camera. This invention was patented, meaning that other people were prevented from making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing the invention.


As his inventions were very far advanced at the time Louis is regarded by many as a pioneer in the world of film or cinematography - no one had ever done anything similar before!


To find out more about animations or moving images, visit our History of Animation or Animation Toolkit resources.

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