The story goes back to 2009 when I visited the battlefield at Verdun for the first time. It was the start of my photo project Verdun 1916 that would eventually lead to a triptych in black & white about the First World War in France. The Verdun project was expanded with the projects Waldlager and Vosges 1915.
In 2018 I found on eBay a number of vintage stereo glass slides with images of the battle. I didn't know much about stereoscopy and I was mainly interested in scanning the images. I started collecting them and as my collection grew I became increasingly fascinated by these stereoviews. Who were the photographers? Who produced them? How many are there?
Things changed when I found the website The Great War in 3D. This website of the American collectors Bob Boyd and Doug Jordan was a welcome source. I learned something about the manufacturers and collections of French stereo views. I'm not sure if the website is still maintained, but these guys did a very good job and inspired me.
All this resulted in a great interest in French stereoscopy from 1870 to 1930. I'm collecting 45x107 and 6x13 glass stereoviews. I prefer the 6x13 slides, as they give a better viewing experience and show more details. My current collection also contains stereoscopes, a stereo camera, catalogs, manuals and other accessories. My intention is to blog frequently about my journey through the world of stereoscopy and share items from my collection.
- The Great War in 3D - French Stereoviews, Bob Boyd & Doug Jordan