On September 12,1917 August Arnold and Robert Richter founded the Arnold & Richter company in Munich, which still gives its name today. Unbelievable what a development ARRI has taken since then and where ARRI stands today. The story of Arnold and Robert - two schoolmates from Munich - sounds a little bit like a fairy tale that has come true...
Robert Richter went to the USA before the First World War and worked there as a waiter and car mechanic to become assistant cameraman in William Fox&s studios. He then returned to Germany and did his doctorate in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich. August Arnold studied at the Technikum Mittweida.
Together, they founded ARRI on 12 September 1917 with the aim of making a living from "film recordings" and the "operation of a photo- and film-chemical laboratory".
In 1937, the first ARRIFLEX with mirror shutter was introduced, which has been continuously further developed to the present day and is still the standard for analogue film cameras and is currently enjoying regained popularity.
It became digital at ARRI quite late - almost too late for many market observers. Sony had already produced for several years successful feature films with digital cameras (Star Wars - Episode II, 2002) and with RED, a completely new player in the Cine market also got off to a successful start. In November 2005 ARRI presented its first digital ARRIFLEX D20.
With the ARRI ALEXA, which was launched in 2010, ARRI once again set the camera standard for digital cine cameras and another impressive success story took its course, which continues unabated to this day.