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William Friese-Greene (1855–1921)


A pioneer of colour film processes, which he began to work on in the late 1890s. This work led to a call to testify in New York in 1910 in a case which broke the edison monopoly on film production and distribution. He was subsequently engaged in a prolonged court battle with Charles Urban over their rival colour processes - he won the court case ... See more trivia »


(age 65) in London, England, UK

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 1920 Kino the Girl of Colour (Documentary short)
 1889 Hyde Park Corner (Short)
 1888 Brighton Street Scene (Documentary short)
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 1889 Hyde Park Corner (Short)
 1888 Brighton Street Scene (Documentary short)
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 1914 The Earl of Camelot (Short) (producer)

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He began his work in photography aged 14, with a apprenticeship at a local photographer's studio (Maurice Guttenberg), and then, aged 18, he opened his own studio building up a reputation and opening four shops of his own in Bristol, Plymouth and Bath.

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With much of his money spent inventing new film processes he neglected his business affairs - in 1891 he was imprisoned after being sued for debt. See more »

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