Kazimierz Prószyński

1875 - 1945
Kazimierz Prószyński

His inventions certainly deserved Oscars in their category. Nevertheless, years later, other stars came to the fore. A child who knew about the latest innovations from the realm of photography became a man who designed devices used by the entire film world. The development of cinematography would have been much slower without him.

Kazimierz Prószyński’s grandfather had a photography workshop in Warsaw, where his grandson performed various experiments with childish curiosity. He used to show his family the pictures he had taken and even demonstrated magic tricks using lamps and mirrors. One day, as a child, Prószyński noticed an advertisement for live photography on the street. For a fee of 20 kopecks, a darkened room showed 24 images placed on a spinning wheel, creating the illusion of movement. This seemingly simple image of a horse jumping over an obstacle sank into his memory and inspired him to take up cinematography.  


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