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Date of Birth 13 March 1840Ormoy, Haute-Saône, France
Date of Death 15 April 1911Paris, France
Birth NameClaude Antoine Lumière

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In 1860 Antoine Lumière left his hometown in the Haute-Saône to set up a photography business in Besançon. His first son, Auguste was born in 1862, and the second, Louis, arrived two years later. In 1870 Antoine moved to Lyons with his family and opened a new workshop. Over the next 10 years he gradually built up an industrial manufacturing plant for photographic plates. The factory was taken over by Auguste and Louis in 1893. By 1894, when Edison's kinetoscope arrive on the scene in France, the Lumière Company, with a capital of 3 million francs, already had a work force of 300 people and was producing 15 million photographic plates a year.

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After the fabled 1895 debut of the cinematograph, Antoine Lumière was asked the price of the invention by famous illusionist Georges Méliès and replied: "The invention is not for sale. It would be the ruin of you. It can be exhibited for a while due to its scientific interest, but apart from that the machine has no future."

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