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Serge K. Keller

The «Cent-Vues» («Hundred Views», in English) was the first small-format camera ever marketed using the 35 mm film format.

It was invented in 1909 by the Frenchman Étienne Mollier (1876-1962). This little camera could take one hundred shots in a row, at a 18x24 mm format on a 35 mm perforated film. Still pictures shot with the «Cent-Vues» could be projected on a screen, making them ancestors of contemporary slides.

Mollier won the Gold Medal for its invention at the Concours Lépine in 1910. He marketed the «Cent-Vues» right away, but on a limited, small scale and without much success. The «Cent-Vues» sales were soon interrupted by lack of resources and the outbreak of the First World War. The little camera that could, however, returned on the market in the early '20s.

Étienne Mollier went on researching and inventing all his life, but slowly drifted from photography towards the then emerging cinematographic industry, and in later years manufactured special scientific equipment at the request of various universities and perfected projector machines for education purposes.

I'm a scientific and technical journalist, a freelance writer, a webmaster and a graphic designer and desktop publisher. In other words: I'm a web scientist and a printer of electrons. I also used to be a biologist and a zoo keeper, and to this day I've kept a strong interest in natural sciences. In my free time, I direct some plays (or play on stage) for an amateur theatre association. I live in Fribourg (the Swiss one), a very nice bilingual city (French/German), but grew up in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. If you wish to contact me, I can understand French, Italian, English and German: your choice!

☞ More info: www.sergekeller.ch. If I'm feeling brave (or foolish) enough, I may occasionally upload a couple of pictures on "National Geographic's Your Shot". Or you could hook up with me over on Instagram.

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