Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Are You Seeing Double? Welcome to the World of Stereo Photographs

A photograph of the photographer.  Photographer using a stereoscopic camera. No date or location
in "Palestine" is provided. (circa 1900) (Credit: Keystone-Mast Collection, California Museum of Photography
at UCR ARTSblock, University of California, Riverside) 
The University of California - Riverside Museum of Photography contains 250,000 stereoscopic plates and 100,000 negatives, many of which are online, such as the one above.  See more on the Keystone-Mast Collection.

19th century stereo camera

An enlargement of the photographer-horseman

Anyone who has used a "View-Master" toy will recognize the 3D illusion created by the stereo camera. Already in the 19th century photographers were taking stereo pictures which were viewed on a special device. In effect, the two camera lenses captured the view and the slight angle differences of the right eye and the left eye.

Many of the photographs presented in www.israeldailypicture.com are half of a stereoscopic pair, cropped for easier presentation.

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