J.L. Humphrey

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(b. **/**/**** - d. **/**/****). Cameraman. J.L. Humphrey seems to have started in the film business as an assistant to Edgar Lilienfeld, the founder of the first film-processing laboratory in South Africa. Besides working as a cameraman on the two epics De Voortrekkers (Harold M. Shaw/1916) and The Symbol of Sacrifice (Dick Cruikshanks/1918), he also co-photographed The Adventures of Ranger Focus (1917) for Norman H. Lee, shot And Then... (1917) for Cruikshanks and Joseph Albrecht, as well as Albrecht's With Edged Tools (1919). In addition he accompanied the South African troops serving in East Africa during World War I, resulting in an ongoing series entitled With Our Boys in German East. He probably also filmed for African Mirror and early in 1919 Stage & Cinema reported that he would be shooting some “scenics” of Pietermaritzburg and surroundings. (FO)

Sources

Stage & Cinema, 17 February 1917

Le Roux, André I. & Fourie, Lilla – Filmverlede: geskiedenis van die Suid-Afrikaanse speelfilm

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