21 January 2020

Multiphote Stereoscope 45x107

Category: Stereoscopes   Tags: Lucien Bize
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The Multiphote is a small table stereoscope based on a Bize and Claparède patent. It's simple in design with a very clever mechanism.

15 January 2020

The Verdun Battlefield ∽ Past to Present

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: LSU / SDV / Verdun / WWI

My photo project about the First World War started in Verdun in 2009. Nine years later I started collecting stereoviews of the war. This created a nice interaction between these two passions. I’m now searching for stereoviews with images of locations that I've photographed during my photo project, but I also started taking new photos of locations that I recognised from stereoviews.

6 January 2020

Planox Stéréoscope Magnétique

Category: Stereoscopes   Tags: Planox
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My collection contains a Planox Stéréoscope Magnétique table stereoscope for viewing 6x13 glass stereoviews. Special about this stereoscope is that it uses a magnetic pickup mechanism to load the stereoviews.

22 December 2019

Jules Richard

The success story of French stereoscopy

Jules Richard - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy Blog

Jules Richard was a French industrialist who had a great influence on the popularity of stereo photography at the beginning of the 20th century. He introduced two new image formats and launched a wide range of stereo cameras, stereoscopes and accessories in various price ranges.

15 December 2019

Photographers of the French Army

The story of La Section Photographique de l’Armée

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: LSU / SPA / WWI
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The First World War was the first major conflict where photography played an important role. Germany recognised its potential and used photographs for propaganda from 1914. The images were used to influence the public opinion in neutral countries. France realized that it could not stay behind and decided to set up its own photography unit to oppose German propaganda.

7 December 2019

Stéréo-Panoramique Leroy

An innovative camera developed by Lucien Leroy

Category: Stereo Cameras   Tags: Lucien Leroy
Stéréo-Panoramique Leroy - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy Blog

The Stéréo-Panoramique Leroy was an innovative camera developed by Lucien Leroy. The camera could produce both stereo photos and panoramic photos on 6x13cm glass plate negatives.

29 November 2019

A brief introduction to Stereoscopy

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

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
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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 Blog

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

Images of war by Paris-Stéréo

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

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.