Clément Maurice (1853–1933) was a French photographer, film director, and producer. He was born on March 22, 1853 in Aiguillon, Lot-et-Garonne, France as Clément Gratioulet.
First employed in the Lumière factories, where he entered in 1894, he became a portrait photographer in Paris, where he settled in Antoine Lumière's studio at 8 boulevard des Italiens, above the Robert-Houdin Theater, property of the future filmmaker Georges Méliès. This and that allowed him to enter the world of cinematography.
From 1898 to 1906, he was the cameraman for surgeon Eugene-Louis Doyen, for whom he filmed for educational purposes around 60 operations. He worked there with: Ambroise-François Parnaland (1854 - 1913), who founded in 1908 with Charles Jourjon (1876 - 1934) the Éclair Laboratories.
Paris' prestigious "Medical Tribune" condemned Maurice's filming Dr. Doyen's operation of the separation of Siamese twins Radica and Doodica on April 9,1902.
On March 1898 he won the first ever cinematographic prize in Cinema history by making a 15-minute film of "a subject with a movement filmed in Monaco".
In 1899, the production company Association Frères Lumière hired him as a cinematographer collaborator and technician for the shooting of the film Excursion automobile Paris-Meulan. Quickly, he started producing and directing feature films such as Le Duel d'Hamlet or Cyrano de Bergerac.
With Henri Lioret, he developed the Phono-Cinema-Theater, a pioneering system of sound cinema, presented at the Universal Exhibition of 1900.
He died July 15, 1933 (at the age 80) in Sanary-sur-Mer, Var, France.
Provenance: Family of the artist.
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Mount in glass mount
Photo Date 1905c Print Date 1905c
Dimensions 5-1/16 x 7-1/16 in. (129 x 179 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
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