chapter  10
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Landscape and archive: trips around the world as early film topic (1896–1914): Antonio Costa

A trip around the world in 16 months: this is the project undertaken by the operators commissioned with promoting the Lumière Cinématographe. Following the first screening at the Salon des Indiens of the Grand Café in Paris (December 28, 1895), the Lumière brothers had decided against selling their camera and for making use of it themselves. In January 1896, they began using the commercial network they had developed for selling their photographic products to send operators around the world. Their task was not simply to organize film screenings, but also to shoot films, since the cinématographe functioned as both a camera and as a projector.