The history of Kizoa takes place in the beautiful city of lights, Paris. Not only is Paris the perfect backdrop for stunning photos, but a lesser known fact is that camera photography originated in the surrounding region of Paris. Kizoa has evolved along the same pathway as photography has. We continue the legacy of all the greatest inventors and innovators of photography with the same passion they poured into their work so we can offer you the Kizoa you know today.
1822: The first photograph
The beginning of photography goes quite a ways back to 1822. The very first photo was produced by French inventor, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in his hometown of Chalon-sur-Saone which is only about 3 hours away from Paris. Although he did take the first photo of all time, unfortunately his first image was destroyed after many attempts had been made to duplicate it. However, he was able to later successfully take another photograph 4 years later of the view from his window. This piece of history can still be seen today at the Harry Ranson Center in Austin, Texas.
Photography: France's gift to the world!
A few years after Joseph's milestone discovery, his business partner, Louis Jacques-Mandé Daguerre further innovated photography by coming up with the first commercially successful photographic process using a camera obscura known as the daguerreotype. In 1838 while Daguerre was taking a photo of a Parisian street, a pedestrian stopped for a shoe shine thus becoming the first photograph of a person. This invention was so ground-breaking that France decided to pay Daguerre for his formula in exchange for him to announce his discovery to the world as a gift from France, which he did in 1839. Upper class and highly influential people around the world were requesting self-portraits of themselves using the daguerreotype. Some notable famous faces captures in time by this invention in include Abraham Lincoln, Edgar Allan Poe, Honoré de Balzac and more.
The Lumière brothers: Innovators extraordinaire
The next big landmark in photography came with the introduction of the first commercial use of color photography known as the Lumière Autochrome thanks to French innovators, Louis and Auguste Lumière (aka the Lumière brothers). They introduced a patented color photography process which consists of a glass plate coated on both sides with microscopic grains of dyed potato starch which acted as color filters. This new type of photography became wildly popular for capturing landscapes as well as for photojournalistic images.
The Lumière brothers and cinematography
Not only were they the first to successfully commercialize color photography, but they also invented projected Cinematography. Although Thomas Edison had first captured a motion picture which could only be viewed one person at a time through a looking-hole, the Lumière brothers were the first to project a motion picture onto a big screen. They did so by perfecting the Cinématographe which would capture, print, and project motion pictures onto the big screen. They held their first film screening in 1895 in Paris at Salon Indien du Grand Café. This historic event introduced their first film, Sortie des Usines Lumière a Lyon (Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory). The success of their first 50 second short film became so popular that they produced several more short films the following months.
Special effects by the one and only Cinemagician!
Interestingly, one audience member who was present at the first screening of the Lumière brother's first short film was none other than French illusionist and filmmaker, Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès who later on became the first to use various cinematographic techniques such as stop trick, time-lapse photography, and most notably special effects.
Méliès most well-known films are, "A Trip to the Moon" and "The Impossible Voyage" which were filmed in 1902 and 1904. These works are considered some of the earliest science fiction films and debuted special effects which had never been seen before. Because of these ground-breaking films, Méliès became known as a Cinemagician.
Photography & Kizoa Today
Photography and film has come a long way since Niepce captured history's first image from the view of his window in a small French town outside of Paris. Now, fast-forward to today and Kizoa has continued with the innovation and enhancement of photography directly from our office situated in the 20th arrondisment of Paris. We've created a one-stop website and platform that allows endless possibilities with photos, videos, and anything else you can capture with your lense and mold into an inspired creation with your imagination and of course... Kizoa!