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Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince

(1841-08-28)28 August 1841
Metz, France
Disappeared 16 September 1890(1890-09-16) (aged 49)
Dijon, France
Status Vanished
Occupation Artist, Art teacher, inventor,
Elizabeth Le Prince-Whitley (m. 1869–1890)

Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince (French: [lwi lə pʁɛ̃s]; 28 August 1841 – vanished 16 September 1890) was a French artist and inventor. He shot what may have been the first moving picture sequences to use a single lens camera and a strip of (paper) film.

Le Prince was never able to perform a planned public demonstration in the US because he mysteriously vanished from a train on 16 September 1890. His body and luggage were never found, but, over a century later, a police archive was found to contain a photograph of a drowned man who could have been him.

In the years after his death, his son Adolphe was in a court, representing Louis, in a battle against Thomas Edison to name the true inventor of motion pictures. Edison won the case and a few months later, Adolphe was killed in a hunting accident.

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