Louis Le Prince

Early moving pictures!

The Roundhay Garden Scene (1888):

Louis first used his camera in 1888 to shoot what was probably the first ever moving picture! This movie clip has become known as the 'Roundhay Garden Scene' (watch the clip on YouTube via the link below). 


Louis filmed the movie on Oakwood Grange Road in Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire and it features Louis' son Adolph, his mother-in-law Mrs Sarah Whitley, Joseph Whitley and Harriet Hartley walking around the garden laughing.

Leeds Bridge (1888)

On 13 October 1888, Louis Le Prince used his one lens camera to shoot trams, horse-drawn and pedestrian traffic on Leeds Bridge (pictured above). This became the first motion picture exhibition, as the footage was projected on a screen in Leeds soon after.


Click the video link below to view the Leeds Bridge film.


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

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