An early pioneer of cinema technology, author, photographer, and film director W.K.L. Dickson's was one of the first people to perform a new type of subjectivity that we understand as multi-media. Working in the laboratory of Thomas Alva Edison, Dickson's papers, photographs, and films have been carefully preserved as part of the Edison Papers Project and an examination of this archive rises to the level of autobiography.

Authors Wyn Wachhorst, Paul Israel, and Charles Musser help to bring to life the world of the Edison Laboratory, the world's first pure research and development company. Dickson's own work speaks across the decades. He inscribed himself into the world's earliest cinema and tells his own story from cinema space and through the materials in his copious archive.

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