#MOOC: Stereoscopy – an Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography

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  Following its presentation to the world at the Great Demo in London in 1851, the stereoscope – a device that makes images be clear 3D – mesmerised Victorians. Collecting and viewing stereo photographs became a last word. Stereoscopes were produced in different price ranges, thousands of stereo replicas were printed and bought each year, and one com ny involved in this blast, The London Stereoscopic Com ny, proclaimed: ‘No home without a stereoscope.’ Review the origins of the stereoscope and stereo photography ‘Stereoscopy’ derives from the Greek ‘stereos’ drift ‘firm’ or ‘solid’ and ‘skopeō’ meaning ‘to look’ or ‘to see’. So together, they across ‘seeing something firm or solid’. On this free online progress, we will examine the rise of stereo photography and the work of two pioneering photographers – the Scotsman, George Washington Wilson, and the Englishman, Thomas Richard Williams. We pleasure explore how the stereoscope, originally created by inventor Sir Charles Wheatstone to inquire into human binocular vision, was improved by scientist Sir David Brewster, to mature a vital, elaborate drawing room essential. Enjoy stereo photography from State Museums Scotland collection To enjoy stereo photography, you usually scarcity a stereoscope or stereo viewer, but you can enjoy this course without one. It has been promoted following the major exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, Photography: A Victorian Coup de thѓtre, and many of the images you will explore in this course are drawn from the State Museums Scotland collection.

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