Keynote Speakers

Denis Pellerin

Photo historian, The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy

Denis Pellerin of The London Stereoscopic Company will be discussing their new book.

Denis Pellerin is a photo-historian with a passion for stereo photography. He has been researching and learning about the history of stereo photography for over 30 years and has written several articles and books on the subject, both in French and in English. During his thirtieth year as a secondary school teacher, Denis had the good fortune to meet and work with Dr. Brian May before being hired by the latter as the curator of his extensive photographic collection. Brian May and Denis Pellerin have now co-authored three books together (Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell, 2013, The Poor Man's Picture Gallery, 2014, Crinoline: Fashion's Most Magnificent Disaster, 2016) and are currently working on a couple more publications while being also deeply involved in the various activities of The London Stereoscopic Company, re-created by Brian May in 2008. Since September 2015 Pellerin has been the director of the said company whose original motto, "No home without a stereoscope," is more than ever valid.

Gretchen Jane Gruber-Harmon

William Gruber

Gretchen Jane Gruber-Harmon is the youngest child of William B Gruber, inventor of the View-Master.

Gretchen spent years getting to know her father through his diaries and by interviewing those who knew him in the years before her birth; she will tell the tale of how the View-Master came into existence and became the iconic object that we all know and love.

View-Master reels of Gruber family life photographed by William will be shown during her presentation...a rare look into the happy past in vibrant technicolor 3 dimension!

Gretchen will be signing and selling copies of her book, VIEW MASTER, the Biography of William B Gruber and also limited edition William B Gruber commemorative View-Master reels after her presentation.