The National Stereoscopic Association's Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography

This conference-within-a-conference presents international scholarship on the history of stereoscopic photography.

The "Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography" at the 48th Annual 3D-Con will feature the following presenters:

Friday, August 5th

Session 1 — 8:00-9:55 AM PDT


Arched Tops and Chamfered Corners

Mr. Denis Pellerin
London Stereoscopic Company

Denis Pellerin is a photo-historian with a passion for stereo photography. He has been researching and learning about the history of stereoscopy for over 40 years and has written or co-written more than a dozen books and authored over sixty articles on his pet subject, both in French and in English. His latest book Stereoscopy: the dawn of 3-D was released in November 2021. Since 2012 Pellerin has been the curator of Dr. Brian May's extensive collection of stereo photographs, now a charity. Dr. May and Pellerin have co-authored three books together and Pellerin is working on some new publications while being also deeply involved in the various activities of the London Stereoscopic Company, re-created by Dr. May in 2006. Denis has been the director of the said company since September 2015. Over the past few years he has given over a hundred Zoom and in-person 3-D talks on different aspects of Victorian stereo photography and has lately started investigating stereoscopy in the mid twentieth century.

The Stereoscopic Picturesque

Dr. Bruce Graver
Providence College

Bruce Graver is Professor of English at Providence College, whose specialty is British Romanticism, particularly William Wordsworth and his circle. His history with stereo photography goes back to Christmas, 1957, when he received a ViewMaster for Christmas. More recently, he was given the Ray Zone Award for his Stereo World article on Thomas Ogle and Thomas Edge.

Drawing in 3D: The History and Techniques of Constructing Stereoscopic Illusions by Hand

Dr. Rod Bantjes
St. Francis Xavier University

Rod Bantjes is a Professor of Sociology at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is author of two books and numerous journal articles on social movements and state formation. He is currently applying his research on media archaeology to understanding changing conceptions of space, perception and epistemology. This recent work has been published in the Journal of the History of Ideas, Art History, the History of Photography, Technology & Culture and the International Journal of Film and Media Arts.

"The Stereoscopic Photograph" and "The Traveller": What We Learn from Underwood & Underwood's Failed Magazine

Dr. Leigh Gleason
UCR Arts

Leigh Gleason is the Director of Collections at UCR ARTS, where she oversees the California Museum of Photography's Keystone-Mast Collection, which is the extant output of Keystone View Company and the competitors it absorbed, and is considered the world's largest stereoscopic collection. She has a PhD from the Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University in Leicester, England, where she wrote her thesis on the business practices of Keystone View Company.

Break — 9:55-10:15 AM PDT


Session 2 — 10:15-12:20 AM PDT


Food as a Racialized Subject in the Nineteenth-Century Stereoview

Dr. Melody Davis
Russell Sage College

Melody Davis is Professor of Art History at Russell Sage College in Troy and Albany, New York. She is the author of Women's Views: The Narrative Stereograph in Nineteenth-Century America, Sentiment and Irony: The Stereoscopic Treasure of F.G. Weller, a Scalar ebook, The Male Nude in Contemporary Photography and a number of volumes of poetry. https://melodydavis.wixsite.com/melody-davis--art-hi Her recent research involves racialized subject matter in narrative stereography of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Manuel Gonzales, Underwood’s Mexican Stereographer of the Congo

Dr. Neal Sobania
Pacific Lutheran University

Neal Sobania is a historian whose current research interest is on visual representations of Africa as found in stereoscopic slides and advertising trade cards, and the role this imagery has played in the myth-making and stereotyping of Africa's past, its peoples and cultural traditions. He has published widely on Kenya and Ethiopia, curated museum exhibits and produced documentaries. He is Emeritus Professor of History at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, Washington).

Images of Transylvania from the 1910s: Two Amateur Stereo Photographers

Dr. Zsuzsanna Szegedy-Maszák
Hungarian National Museum

Dr. Zsuzsanna Szegedy-Maszák is a curator in the Historical Photo Department of the Hungarian National Museum. Until 2021 she served as the head of the Budapest Gallery. She wrote her dissertation on the photographic oeuvre of the 19th-century Hungarian painter-photographer Miklós Barabás. In 2019, she was the curator of the Hungarian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale.

America in 1940 in 3D color: The Mysterious Collection of Clyde A. McCoy

Dr. Michael A. Amundson
Northern Arizona University

Professor Michael A. Amundson has taught the history of the American West at Northern Arizona University for 25 years and has published seven books on topics ranging from uranium mining in the West to rephotography in Wyoming to cowboy songs played on Edison cylinders before radio. He purchased Clyde A. McCoy's collection of 2000+ stereo images, all made in 1940, at a garage sale in Nebraska in 1996 and is planning a book about McCoy's travels in Glacier National Park.

Virtual Public Space Contested - Will the plaza survive in VR?

Dr. Rebecca Hackemann
Kansas State University

Rebecca Hackemann, PHD is a visual artist and writer. Her artwork consists of interactive public art and stereo photography. Her book on artists who use 3-D and VR is forthcoming by Intellect books London. Hackemann is Associate Professor of Photography at Kansas State University and divides her time between Kansas City, New York, California and London.