Arthur C Pillsbury

Arthur C. Pillsbury has been credited by those finally understanding the focus of his work as a major influence in the direction for the technologies we use today, those which put individuals in control of understanding the world around us. 

Pillsbury's life work focused on the then new technology of photography, inventing most of the camers which extended human vision past the limits of our own eyes.  

Born in October 1870, Pillsbury's parents, Drs. Harlen and Harriet Pillsbury, to Auburn in 1884.  Pillsbury's inquiries into nature began with the microscopes his mother and father took with them to California as part of their medical practice.  While still around 12 Pillsbury wA=as carrying out studies on breeding different kinds of chickens and used his microscope in attempts to see what was beyond human site.  
Pillsbury purchased his first movie camera in 1892 when he began his studies at Stanford University.  His inventions include the first Circuit Panorama Camera (1897), the first nature movie (1909), the first lapse-time camera to show the life cycle of wildflowers (1912) the first mass-production photopostcard machine (1916), the first color motion picture (1921), the first micropic Motion Picture Camera (1925), the first X-Ray Motion Picture Camera (1929) and the first underwater motion picture, using the camera he build himself (1930).  This move was made in Pago-Pago.

Pillsbury was the Official Photographer for Yosemite from 2925 until he was forced to leave the Valley at the end of 1927 because Stephen Mather became aware he would stand up for the natural world and so prevent the trading of tracts of land in three-sided exchanges to his friends in industry.  

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