Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
Derby, Saturday 13 April 2019 at 6.00 pm
This event takes place at QUAD as part of FORMAT19
The stereoscope: a magic carpet and a time machine rolled into one.
At a time when there was no television, cinema, phone or internet, there was … the Stereoscope ! Invented before photography but really introduced to the public during the Great Exhibition of 1851 the stereoscope had a slow start before becoming the object of a real craze from 1855 onwards. This magical instrument opened a window onto a world few Victorians could afford to see for real. It enabled the middle class to visit virtually, in 3-D, all the famous sights they had read about or seen as woodcuts in illustrated magazines, without any of the risks attached to travelling and without leaving the comfort of their homes. To the present viewer the stereoscope doubles as a wonderful time machine which takes them not only there but also back then. Come and see Dickens, Napoleon III, Brunel, Queen Victoria and many other famous and anonymous Victorians as they really were and as you have never seen them before.
Join photo historians for an activity day exploring Victorian Oxford and the wonders of 3D vision. Find out what historical photos can reveal, make your own lift-the-flap model of the brain, and dress up for a Victorian selfie.
Lecture Theatre, Blackwell Hall, Weston Library
Victorian Oxford through the Stereoscope
Between 1857 and 1860 the firm Spiers and Son, from 102 & 103 High Street, Oxford, commissioned some of the most famous stereo photographers of the period to document Oxford for the Stereoscope. Using original negatives from the Weston Library archives and positive prints from Dr Brian May’s collection, photo historian Denis Pellerin will take you on a journey back in time through the streets of Oxford. Denis will explain how the images were taken and will show you how you can easily emulate Oxford photographers of a bygone era with a simple smartphone app. Step into the 3-D images, visit Oxford ‘in depth’ as it was then, meet one of the very first photo bombers, and discover the city of ‘Spiers’ as you’ve never seen it before.
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