Speaker: Andrew Gill
3 December 2019

A lavishly illustrated talk on the many inventions, devices and discoveries that led to the first showing of the movies in 1895. From ‘shadow shows’, through ‘peep shows’, ‘transforming pictures’ and ‘persistence of vision’ machines, we explore the forgotten world of artists, showmen and natural philosophers who attempted to capture and reproduce real life imagery, long before the invention of cinema.

Andrew is a professional public speaker and consultant. He works with museums, universities, festivals, TV companies and special interest groups presenting authentic Victorian ‘magic lantern’ slide shows and giving talks on pre-cinema optical entertainments. He owns a commercial photograph library and has published many books on photographic social history.