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Ottomar Anschütz (16 May 1846, in Lissa – 30 May 1907, in Berlin) was a German inventor, photographer, and chronophotographer.

Ottomar Anschütz
Born(1846-05-16)16 May 1846
Died20 May 1907(1907-05-20) (aged 61)
Known forPhotography


He invented 1/1000 of a second shutter, and the electrotachyscope in 1887. The electrotachyscope was a disk of 24 glass diapositives, manually powered, and illuminated by a sparking spiral Geissler tube, used by a single viewer, or projected to a small group.

In 1887 Anschütz developed the Projecting Electrotachyscope, in 1891 a slightly smaller, powered version, the "Electrotachyscope" (electrical Schnellseher), was being manufactured by Siemens & Halske in Berlin, used in a public arcade and was displayed at the International Electrotechnical Exhibition in Frankfurt. Nearly 34,000 people paid to see it at the Berlin Exhibition Park in summer 1892 also Strand, London and at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

His 1884 albumen photography of storks inspired aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal's experimental gliders in the late 1880s.

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  Media related to Ottomar Anschütz at Wikimedia Commons

  • Ottomar Anschütz at Who's Who of Victorian Cinema
  • "Schnellseher" and "Electrotachyscope"
  • Collections with photographs taken by Ottomar Anschütz
  • Photography of storks and moving pictures of the flight of a crane in his "Schnellseher" (quick-viewer)
  • Photographs of Lilienthal's flights in 1893/94
  • Goerz Photographing Experiments and the first flight of Otto Lilienthal
  •   "Anschütz, Ottomar" . New International Encyclopedia. 1905.