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Conference: Stereo Photography: Images, Inventions and Advancements / 18-19 October - Registration open

The University of St Andrews Library, Special Collections Division will be hosting a conference on Stereo Photography from 18-19 October, 2018 in conjunction with the St Andrews Photography Festival 2018: (Stereo)Views of Scotland.

The topics are broad reaching and will cover both the historic as well as the contemporary; from the rivalry between Sir David Brewster and Charles Wheatstone to how we have used, understood and interacted with 3D photography over the past two centuries.

This two day conference is an opportunity for researchers, historians, photographers, collectors, curators, collections staff and photo-enthusiasts alike to come together, in the home of Scottish Photography and picturesque town of St Andrews to gain a better understanding of the birth, development and evolving media that is stereoscopy.

All 3D presentations throughout the conference are delivered with the generous support of the London Stereoscopic Company.

For registration and to see the full programme click here: http://ow.ly/oI7m30l6KX9

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Comment by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2018 at 0:01

It's a Rowsell's pattern stereo-graphoscope. They are reasonably common but still a nice item to have to view stereographs and photographs with. It looks from the picture that the magnifying lens is detached. It would normally be set on two brass rods and would store inside the graphoscope when not being used and then flip up above the stereo lenses when looking at photographs. If you google 'graphoscope' you should pull up some images to show it when complete.  

Comment by Michael Pritchard on October 23, 2018 at 6:46

Jason - Do you have a picture of it?

Comment by Jason Tilley on October 22, 2018 at 21:29

I recently came across a rather unloved Stereoscopic viewer in Mumbai at an old photo studio. It needs some TLC. Looked a good 100 + years old. Not sure how rare these things are?  

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