The Art of Stereography
Rediscovering Vintage Three-Dimensional Images
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About the Book
Three-dimensional stereoviews were wildly popular in the mid–19th century. Yet public infatuation fueled highbrow scorn, and even when they fell from favor, critics retained their disdain. Thus a dazzling body of photographic work has unjustly been buried.
This book explores how compelling images were made by carefully combining subject matter, composition, lighting, tonality, blocking and depth. It draws upon the fine arts, the mass media, humanities, history, and even geology. Throughout, overlooked photographers are celebrated, such as the one who found extraordinary visual parallels within nature, anticipating Cézanne and Seurat—or the one who refused to play favorites during a bitter war and found humanity on both sides—or the one who took a favorite American glen and found menace all about.
Stereographers were actually more like film directors or television producers than large format photographers: the best ones fused artistry with commercial appeal.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (9.5 x 7)
Bibliographic Info: 276 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
I. Photography’s Bastard Offspring 5
II. A Gallery of the Alluring and the Emblematic 33
III. Charles Bierstadt: Romantic, Realist … Modernist? 97
IV. Individualism in Watkins and Havana Glens 183
V. Stereographic Humanism 247
Chapter Notes 317
Book Reviews & Awards
“this study provides information about an important, still relatively unknown arena of photographic practice…recommended”—Choice. “a wonderful contribution to the serious appreciation of stereography, and deserves recognition”—Stereo World.