Using a historic lens to illuminate the modern  ... Stereoscope Journey!
This is a project Diego has been working on since 2008, culminating in the release of several books in stereoscopic 3D.  From the 1950’s to the 1980‘s, every American kid spent a good deal of time absorbed in their Viewmaster. They examined each and every tiny tableau, trying hard to see what was just out of reach. Did you know that at the time of the Viewmaster’s release, the technology was already 100 years old? Before it was a toy, it was a highly prized entertainment and educational device found in the parlors and studies of many affluent households. Although it was developed in the late 1840s, the stereoviewer would not rise to popularity until the 1890’s due in part to new developments in photographic capture and printing process making it feasible to produce enough views to satisfy an eager public. It exploded onto the Victorian scene, finding its way into most homes as the new vehicle used to learn of distant lands and cultures. Imagine losing yourself in a three dimensional world of downtown USA circa 1900 and then being able to compare it to the same vantage point in modern day. It’s a window into history like no other! A handful of late 1800‘s stereo photographers captured life in the Finger Lakes Region as they saw it.  The goal of this project is to develop a rich collection of Central New York imagery that might rival the collections made over a hundred years ago.
click here to be taken to the Stereoscope Journey website!