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A stereo tour through Bremen

Bre­men is one of the 5 most pop­u­lar cities in Ger­many, prob­a­bly also because of their mar­itime his­to­ry and flair. I would like to take you on a lit­tle stereo tour to vis­it some of my favourite places. 

Le Taxiphote — the most famous French stereo viewer

The Veras­cope and the Tax­iphote are two halves of an unbe­liev­able stereo devel­op­ment effort that went on for 40 years essen­tial­ly with­out any changes. The Tax­iphote was export­ed to and patent­ed in many coun­tries. All this serves as an exam­ple of how attrac­tive stere­oscopy was at that time, and also con­firms the qual­i­ty of the Tax­iphotes as a tech­ni­cal device. We can only guess at the pres­tige of hav­ing a Tax­iphote at that time. 

VSC Meeting, May 2021

VSC Meeting, May 2021

Join us on Sun­day, May 2nd at 2:00 pm EDT / 18:00 GMT / 8:00 pm CEST. The VSC is excit­ed to begin our new meet­ing for­mat with a Stereo Pho­tog­ra­ph­er Spot­light, a Tuto­r­i­al and a talk about His­to­ry & Col­lect­ing. Also, we want to announce that all the past talk record­ings are now available!

A Plea for Analog Stereo Photography

A Plea for Analog Stereo Photography

I under­stand it’s 2021 and I’m talk­ing about shoot­ing on film. From an edu­ca­tion­al stand­point though, the lim­i­ta­tions it impos­es forces you to learn the basics of expo­sure, com­po­si­tion and how to be more inten­tion­al with your artis­tic choic­es. Spend­ing an hour or two mount­ing slides is def­i­nite­ly an exer­cise in humil­i­ty as you reflect on all the things you wish you did right. As you get famil­iar with it, there’s a rhythm that devel­ops with the tac­tile expe­ri­ence and it’s pret­ty relaxing.

True Crime in Old Stereographs

True Crime in Old Stereographs

What is meant by true crime? It’s a non­fic­tion genre hav­ing to do with actu­al crimes, usu­al­ly mur­der. It’s pop­u­lar now, but it was pop­u­lar in the 19th cen­tu­ry too‒just think of the pen­ny press and the Nation­al Police Gazette. As the joke says, “Crime may not pay, but it sells!”. I was curi­ous to see if it made its way into stereo cards, too. In what fol­lows, I’ve tried to pro­vide a thumb­nail sketch of each crime. Accounts from the time often vary, so I’ve tried to present a com­pos­ite set of the facts which I think are the most likely.

Castles along the Rhine

Castles along the Rhine

Since the 18th cen­tu­ry, the cas­tles along the riv­er Rhine, Ger­many, have shaped the term Rhine roman­ti­cism that sums up cul­tur­al-his­tor­i­cal inter­pre­ta­tions in poet­ry and art. Here you find three famous exam­ples of the count­less places along the Rhine worth visiting. 

The Magic of Hyper Stereos

The Magic of Hyper Stereos

The view­ing expe­ri­ence of stereo pho­tos some­times is just as if you could step right into the scene. But the flat­ness of dis­tant land­scapes is an unde­ni­able draw­back for the stereo­scop­ic effect.
Read about the rea­sons and meth­ods to enhance the depth in such stereo pho­tos. Look at his­toric glass slides as well as at mod­ern drone stereo photos.

Erotica & True Crime in Stereo

Erotica & True Crime in Stereo

Join us on Sun­day, April 4th at 2:00 pm EDT / 18:00 GMT / 8:00 pm CEST. We’ve got excit­ing club news to share with our mem­bers and we’ll be wel­com­ing André Ruiter back for his sec­ond presentation.

The Nevers Collection

The Nevers Collection

The sto­ry of 21 stereo glass neg­a­tives from the ear­ly stages of The Great War in Nev­ers, France.

A Journey Into Deep Space

A Journey Into Deep Space

Ready for a jour­ney into deep space? Space and galax­ies have always fas­ci­nat­ed me, so when the book Cos­mic Clouds 3D by David Eich­er and Bri­an May was released in 2020, I got the idea of con­vert­ing my tra­di­tion­al space paint­ings into 3D by using a depthmap. But I realised that the result was far from sat­is­fy­ing. So I switched from can­vas to dig­i­tal art­work, which has the advan­tage of being eas­i­er to con­vert into a stereo­scop­ic draw­ing than a tra­di­tion­al one.