Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker - Saturday 9:00 PM

Harold Baize

Harold Baize started in stereo photography in 1988 while procrastinating writing his doctoral dissertation. He was active in the Oakland Camera Club Stereo Division (now Golden Gate Stereoscopic Society) for many years, served as president of the club and edited the newsletter. He has been awarded Photographic Society of America gold medals and the Kodak Photography Award for Contemporary from the Southern Cross Exhibition 2002. He also explores stereoscopic computer graphics and virtual reality.

Burning Man 3D: The first quarter century

The Burning Man art festival provides an amazing opportunity for stereoscopic photography. Harold Baize (playa name, Silver Man) has been capturing the event in stereo for more than 25 years. Harold will show highlights from the thousands of photos he has taken. The talk will cover how the event has changed, the unique challenges presented by the extreme environment, the stereo equipment he has used for the event, and how he has tried to share his stereo imagery at the event.

Speaker - Thursday 7:00 PM, followed by a showing of Robot Monster

Bob Furmanek

Bob Furmanek has been working to save and restore vintage stereoscopic cinema for over forty years. His 3-D Film Archive has released more than thirty acclaimed restorations on Blu-ray since 2014, including 3-D Rarities, The Diamond Wizard, gog, Treasure of the Four Crowns and The Maze.

His presentation will include a discussion of the many challenges his team faced with their most recent work on Robot Monster. Upcoming projects will also be discussed and brief clips will be previewed of the work-in-progress on Arch Oboler's Bwana Devil and The Man Who Wasn't There.

Tentatively scheduled to join Bob for his presentation will be 3-D Film Archive Technical Director Greg Kintz, and 3-D Film Archive Associate Producer and vintage color restoration expert Jack Theakston. Their discussion will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience.

Speaker - Friday 8:00 PM

Joe Willis

A descendant of the Gates Brothers, who is in possession of the wet-plate collodion stereographic negative collection, which I inherited from my grandmother. It had been stored for decades in the attic of the ancient family home in Watkins Glen. I estimate it numbers about one thousand negatives from the 1850s-1880s. I have managed to digitize a majority of the images (very roughly) for viewing.

Former native resident of Watkins Glen, NY, my family having generations dating back to late 18th century, currently resides in Rochester NY where acquired degree in Biochemistry and Engineering at RIT. Currently employed in the medical device field, married with 2 boys, 5 and 9 months. Interests include, travel, cuisine, rock climbing, outdoor lake activities, and 19th century photographic methods and practices.

Gates Brothers wet-plate collodion stereographic negative collection

Scope of this discussion will focus primarily on the content from Watkins Glen, NY and how the Gates' found themselves there - a few images from Syracuse, where they held a studio, and touch briefly on the Appalachian Region of Pennsylvania and some items from Chicago. Discuss the conservation of the collection and the next steps in its journey, and highlight how the collection fell into my possession.

Speaker - Friday 9:00 PM

Denis Pellerin

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 45 years and has written or co-written more than a dozen books and authored nearly seventy articles on his pet subject, both in French and in English. His latest book “L’Emp’reur, sa femme et le p’tit Prince: la famille impériale, la photographie et le stéréoscope” was released in May 2023, less than two years after his study on the first thiry years of the stereoscopic medium: “Stereoscopy: The Dawn of 3-D”. Since 2012 Pellerin has been the head 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 already working on some new publications deeply involved in the various activities of the Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy and of the London Stereoscopic Company. Denis has been the director of the said company since September 2015. Over the past few years, he has given over a hundred and thirty Zoom and in-person 3-D talks on different aspects of Victorian stereo photography and has lately broadened his investigations to cover the first half of the twentieth century.

"Make my collection alive" - Curating the Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy

In 2020 Sir Brian May turned his personal collection into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, the purpose of which is to preserve his photographs for future generations and promote stereoscopy. Photo historian, Denis Pellerin, co-curator of the Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy, takes you behind the scenes on a tour of one of the largest collections of stereoscopic images in Europe and explains everything that is going on there.