Richard Bossons is an architect and camera historian with a passion for early cinematography, particularly during the golden era of Soviet film-making in the 1920s. An expert on the Debrie Parvo camera that was used by most of the great silent film directors in Europe, his book on the cameras in ‘Man with a Movie Camera’ was described as ‘remarkable’ by Laurent Mannoni of the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, the leading authority on the history of cinematography.

Richard’s research into the history of the Debrie Parvo inevitably focused on the film that features the camera in a starring role. He realised that whilst a huge amount had been written about ‘Man with a Movie Camera’ by film studies academics there was little about the cameras that were so central to the story-line of the film, and the way it was shot. Anything that was mentioned was usually inaccurate. Peripheral subjects of great interest such as the Indian motorcycle and the context of the New Economic Policy in the Soviet Union have also been largely ignored. He thought a website for a non-academic audience would be an opportunity to gather together all the strands of information about ‘Man with a Movie Camera’ to enhance the pleasure of watching this ground-breaking film, still a thrilling experience today over 90 years after it was made.

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