I recently completed an online photography course titled Stereoscopy: An Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography. This 2-week course was offered by the University of Edinburgh on FutureLearn and was led by Christine McLean, Community Engagement Manager at the National Museums Scotland.
The course was inspired by the Photography: A Victorian Sensation exhibition which took place between June 19 and November 22, 2015 at the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Stereo-daguerreotype; view looking north showing an elm tree in the Crystal Palace, by Jules Duboscq, 1851 IL.2003.44.2.299 © Howarth-Loomes Collection at National Museums Scotland.
French tissue stereocard, transparency stereo-albumen prints from a wet collodion negative, depicting a London panorama towards St Paul’s, taken from above Parliament, by B. K., 1860s – 1870s. IL.2003.44.6.3.330 © Howarth-Loomes Collection at National Museums Scotland.
Stereocard entitled ‘A Highland Washing’ depicting a family washing outside beside a thatched cottage, by James Valentine, Dundee, c. 1870, IL.2003.44.6.6.1 © Howarth-Loomes Collection at National Museums Scotland.
- Explored the social, cultural and economic context of photography in 19th century Britain and the then craze for stereoscopy.
- Explained the stereoscopic process and covered topics including the science of taking and seeing images in 3D, introducing some of the key practitioners who quickly moved from experimentation to commercial exploitation of the medium.