7 September 1855
The pioneer of Cinematography
This commemoration plaque was unveiled by
the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Ald. Harry Crook, J. P.
on the occasion of the inventor's centenary
7th September 1955 and honoured by the
Bristol Savages, Bristol Civic Society,
Western Counties Photographic Federation
Institute of Bristol Photographers
Bristol Amateur Cine Society
Bristol Photographic Society
Bristol Camera Club
and citizens of his native city.
This plaque was transferred here from Number 12 College Street which once stood opposite.
William Friese-Greene (7 September 1855 – 5 May 1921) (born William Edward Green) was a British portrait photographer and prolific inventor. He is principally known as a pioneer in the field of motion pictures and is credited by some as the "inventor" of cinematography, although his work post-dates that of Louis Le Prince, who successfully shot the world's first moving pictures in Leeds in 1888.