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Picture believed to be Edward Turner (1873-1903) and Edith Turner (1867-1962), c.1896 | by National Science and Media Museum
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Picture believed to be Edward Turner (1873-1903) and Edith Turner (1867-1962), c.1896

Edward Raymond Turner worked as a photographer in London from the age of 15. In 1898 he was employed at a studio making the first commercially-available colour photographs.

 

He must have realised the potential of applying a similar approach to the latest invention, cinema. With financial support from Frederick Marshall Lee, Turner produced the first British patent for colour motion pictures in 1899. Securing a patent for an invention is one thing; realising it practically is a different matter.

 

Click to the next photo to find out what happened next.

 

Thank you to a family member for the loan of this image.

 

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Taken on July 23, 2012