British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

19th Century Craze for Steresoscopic Photograhy, The

Synopsis
Stereoscopic photography rapidly became a worldwide craze after the Great Exhibition of 1851. Cheap viewers and mass-produced stereographs brought startlingly vivid images within reach of a mass audience, making this the form in which most people first encountered photography - a fact largely ignored in conventional photographic history.
Like the commercial suppliers of Magic Lantern slides, stereograph publishers offered systematic coverage of many subjects, even claiming that to ‘visit’ remote countries by stereo was better than risking the journey.[51 minutes]
Extra Lecture materials:
PDF Transcript
PDF Presentation
Series
Living Through a Media Revolution
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
2018
Subjects
Film studies; History
Keywords
history of the 19th century; visual illusion; stereoscopic images; magic lanterns; Film history; visual culture; 1900s; history of photography

Online availability

URI
https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-19th-century-craze-for-stereoscopic-photography
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Credits

Contributor
Ian Christie

Distributor

Name

Gresham College

Email
enquiries@gresham.ac.uk
Web
http://www.gresham.ac.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7831 0575
Fax
020 7831 5208
Address
Barnard’s Inn Hall
Holborn
London EC1N 2HH

Record Stats

This record has been viewed 229 times.