Famous Arkansan: Freeman Owens

Several well-known people
have roots in Arkansas. The list runs the gamut from Johnny Cash to Jermain
Taylor. Check here every Monday as we highlight a new Famous Arkansan each
week. Today,

Freeman Owens

Zoie Clift
I was off yesterday so today’s blog is coming a day later than normal. I am very much into everything photography related so it was a pleasure to research and write about today’s famous Arkansan.
Born in Pine Bluff, Freeman
Owens (1890-1979) was a pioneer cinematographer. Owens went from childhood
fascination with early projectors in his hometown to working with some of the
most important figures in movies including Carl Laemmle of Universal
Studios, E. H. Griffith, and many other big names in the early days of
A daredevil adventurer, he filmed from the seat of open cockpit
planes, from the middle of a hurricane and news at events all over the world. He served in World War
I as a combat cameraman and changed the movie making business forever when he
perfected the process of putting sound on film. He later advanced
cinematography technology when he designed and developed cameras and lenses
used by Eastman-Kodak Company. He is also credited with inventing slow motion
and 3-D technology. Owens was 89 years old when he passed away in Pine Bluff.  The photo of Owens and his Pante camera
is courtesy of Brenda Hall/ Pine-Bluff-Jefferson County Library.

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