29 November 2019

A brief introduction to Stereoscopy

Category: Intro
A brief introduction to Stereoscopy - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy

Stereoscopy or stereo imaging is a technique to create the illusion of depth when viewing images. Today we call it 3D, but the technique is more than 175 years old.

26 November 2019

Field Camera with Balbreck Lenses

Category: Stereo Cameras   Tags: Balbreck / Photo-Sport
Field Camera with Balbreck Lenses - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy

My latest acquisition is a wooden 6x9 field camera from the 1890s. It's a stereo camera with two lenses from Balbreck ainé.

19 October 2019

The Photographer of Fort Tavannes

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: LSU / SPA / Verdun / WWI
The Photographer of Fort Tavannes - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy

Most French stereoviews with images of the First World War contain a short description of the image. In best case, it describes the place, subject and a year. However, most descriptions are brief and sometimes even incorrect. This makes it difficult to find out more about the story behind the image.

5 October 2019

Stereoviews for dear little Robert

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: Paris-Stéréo / WWI
Stereoviews for dear little Robert - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy

I'm collecting glass stereoviews only but recently I couldn’t resist purchasing a box of paper views with images from the First World War. It’s a collection of 12 images in 8,5x17 format, produced by Paris-Stéréo.

29 September 2019

Photo-Plait sells LSU

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: LSU / Photo-Plait / WWI
Photo-Plait sells LSU - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy

I found a catalog from 1918 by Photo-Plait from Paris. This photography store sold stereoviews of the First World War. To my surprise, the numbers in the catalogue correspond to the numbers on the slides of La Stéréoscopie Universelle. It establishes the link between producer and seller.

14 September 2019

A Haunting Image by SDV

Category: Stereoscopes / Stereoviews   Tags: LSU / Mattey / SDV / WWI
A Haunting Image by SDV - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy

I've extended my collection with an interesting set of 50 glass 45x107 stereoviews and a simple stereoscope. The stereoviews are published by the Service des Ventes de l'U.N.C. (SDV).

21 August 2019

The Glyphoscope

Category: Stereo Cameras   Tags: Jules Richard
The Glyphoscope - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy

The Glyphoscope was a stereo camera using glass plates, developed by the famous manufacturer Jules Richard from Paris. It was a compact, simple and affordable camera that could also serve as a stereoscope.

11 August 2019

Fort de Troyon

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: WWI
Fort de Troyon - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy

When searching for stereoviews to extend my collection, I always pay special attention to images of sites I’ve visited while working on my photo projects. I was delighted to found a slide of Fort de Troyon. It brings back good memories of my visit to this fort in 2015.

3 August 2019

Mattey Stereoscope

Category: Stereoscopes   Tags: Mattey / Panajou Frères
Mattey Stereoscope - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy

Last month I've acquired my second cabinet stereoscope. It's a beautiful late 19th century deluxe rotary viewer, built by the French manufacturer Mattey. This multiple-view device supports paper and glass stereo views in both 45x107 and 6x30 formats.

28 July 2019

Vues de Guerre

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: WWI
Vues de Guerre - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy

The majority of French stereoviews from the First World War are not rare. They were produced in large numbers and are offered on many online auction sites. Much less is known about the photographers, manufacturers and sellers. That's why simple documents can sometimes reveal valuable information.