The Multiphote is a small table stereoscope based on a Bize and Claparède patent. It's simple in design with a very clever mechanism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My latest acquisition is a wooden 6x9 field camera from the 1890s. It's a stereo camera with two lenses from Balbreck ainé.
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.
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.