André Ruiter Stereoscopy

Douaumont Cadavre Boche

June 23, 2021
Douaumont Cadavre Boche - B&W photographer and collector of antique photographica
During and after the First World War, huge numbers of stereoviews were published in France. The technical and artistic quality is often mediocre, but sometimes an image stands out and touches me.
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The Verdun Battlefield ∽ Past to Present

January 15, 2020
The Verdun Battlefield ∽ Past to Present - B&W photographer and collector of antique photographica
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.
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Photographers of the French Army

December 15, 2019
Photographers of the French Army - B&W photographer and collector of antique photographica
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.
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The Photographer of Fort Tavannes

October 19, 2019
The Photographer of Fort Tavannes - B&W photographer and collector of antique photographica
Most French stereoviews with images of the First World War contain a short description which is printed on the slide. 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.
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Photo-Plait and The Great War

September 29, 2019
Photo-Plait and The Great War - B&W photographer and collector of antique photographica
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.
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