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 virtual presentations are free to the public.
The "Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography" at the 47th Annual 3D-Con will feature the following presenters:
Friday, August 13th
Session 1 — 7:30-9:20 AM PDT
What did the Victorians See in the Stereoscope
Mr. Denis Pellerin
London Stereoscopic Society
Denis Pellerin is a photo-historian with a passion for stereo photography. Denis has been researching and learning about the history of stereo photography for nearly 40 years and has written several articles and books on the subject, both in French and in English. The latest one is devoted to the first thirty years of Stereoscopy (1832-1862). During his thirtieth year as a teacher, Denis had the good fortune to be hired by Dr. Brian May as the curator of his extensive photographic collection (now the London Stereoscopic Archive). Over the past couple of years he has given dozens of 3-D talks in several different countries on various aspects of Victorian stereo photography.
A Victorian Visionary: The Untold Story of William England
Dr. Gerlind-Anicia Lorch
Gerlind Lorch was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg, Germany, for her thesis on the stereoscopic travel photography of William England. She is currently finalizing a book on William England based on her Ph.D. research. Gerlind lives in London where she holds a position at The Courtauld Gallery.
Excavating Views: "He Looks so Royal and Confident"
Dr. Neal Sobania
Pacific Lutheran University
Neal Sobania is a historian who continues to recover from a lengthy bout of academic administration. With a particular interest in Africa, he is presently researching and writing on visual representations of Africa. He is particularly focused on the portrayal of Africa in stereoscopic slides and advertising trade cards, and the role this imagery has played in the myth-making and stereotyping of Africa’s past, peoples, and cultural traditions. He has published widely on Kenya and Ethiopia, and is Emeritus Professor of History at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, Washington).
From Stereoscopes to Reenactment: Visual Immersive Representations of the South African "Anglo Boer" War (1899-1902)
Mr. Santos Z. Roman
University of California, Riverside
Santos Z. Roman is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public History and African History at the University of California, Riverside, where he is completing his dissertation on modern South Africa, Phantoms of Remembrance: Photography, Trauma, and Memory in the South African War.
Roman co-curated an exhibition of forty stereoscopic photographs from the Underwood and Underwood collection, "Flaws in the Diamond: Exploitation and Empire in South Africa,"
c. 1900, exhibited at the California Museum of Photography in 2014. He is a South African of mixed-race background who grew up in a segregated township on the Cape Flats and holds a master’s degree in religion and politics from Harvard University, Divinity School, with a focus on Islam and politics in sub-Saharan Africa.
Minstrelsy, Blackface, and Racialized Performance in Nineteenth-Century Stereoviews
Dr. Melody Davis
Russell Sage College
Melody Davis received her Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of Women’s Views: Narrative Stereograph in Nineteenth-Century America
(University of New Hampshire Press); and a Scalar ebook: Sentiment and Irony: the Stereoscopic Treasures of F. G. Weller: https://scalar.usc.edu/works/fg-weller-/index
. She has also published four books of poetry. She is an Associate Professor of Art History at Russell Sage College and lectures internationally on the history of stereography.
Break — 9:20-9:35 AM PDT
Session 2 — 9:35-11:00 AM PDT
Connecting the "Dots": Sears Roebuck’s Stereographs in Context
Dr. Leigh Gleason
UCR-Arts, University of California, Riverside
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 Ph.D. 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.
Selective Ignorance: (Un)Comfortable Visions of America in View-Master™ Stereographs
Prof. Patrick Alan Luber
University of North Dakota
Raised on a farm near Pocahontas, IL, Patrick Luber received a BA degree from Greenville College in Greenville, IL, and MA and MFA degrees in sculpture from the University of New Mexico. With over 40 solo and 140 group exhibitions, his work has been exhibited on the local, regional, national, and international levels and has received numerous awards in juried exhibitions. Mr. Luber’s work is included in various public and private permanent collections. In 2005 Mr. Luber received the North Dakota Humanities Council’s Larry Remele Fellowship and in 2016 Mr. Luber served as an artist-in-residence at the Henry Luce III Center for Art & Religion in Washington DC. He currently teaches sculpture at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND.
Navigating the Atlantic — in 3D! Digitizing Domino Danzero’s Original 1900-1901 Stereograph Cards at Missouri State University
Ms. Shannon Mawhiney, Ms. Leslie James and Ms. Hannah Fuller
Missouri State University Library
Shannon Mawhiney is the Digital Archivist for Special Collections and Archives at the Missouri State University Libraries. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Missouri State University and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri, as well as Digital Archives Specialists Certification from the Society of American Archivists. Leslie James has been with the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office and its Local Records Preservation Program for over 15 years and is a certified archivist with the Academy of Certified Archivists. She received her graduate degree from the University of Missouri in Information Science and Learning Technologies. Hannah Fuller graduated in the Spring of 2021 with a B.S. in History and Theatre Minor from Missouri State University. She is currently a M.A. candidate in Missouri State’s History program with research interests in public history, LGBTQ studies, and oral history.
The "Outlander Effect"
Dr. Peter Blair
Peter Blair is a collector of antique stereoscopy and the author of two beautiful 3D books: Scotland in 3D – A Victorian Virtual Reality Tour
and Chamonix Mont Blanc in 3D
as well as catalog raisonnés of George Washington Wilson’s stereoviews and William England’s Views of Switzerland. He has organised several stereoscopic exhibitions in the UK and France and given many 3D talks illustrated by his collection.
Introduction to SuDagraphy and the Single Image Stereoscopic Auto‐Pseudographs
Ms. Ilicia Benoit
Ilicia Benoit has been devoted to stereography and holography for over twenty years. She regularly contributes to SD&A conferences and conducts workshops for the Penumbra Foundation. Her next focus will be on developing National 3D-day and Parallax-Shift, founded to help reintroduce stereoscopic formats to the public at large and to create new avenues of expression for culture.