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Paris in 3D: From Stereoscopy to Virtual Reality 1850-2000

Reynaud, Francoise, Catherine Tambrun, and Kim Timby, editors

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ISBN 10: 1861541627 / ISBN 13: 9781861541628
Published by Booth-Clibborn Editions, in association with the Musee Carnavalet and the Museum of the History of Paris, Paris, 2000
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Hardcover. 4to. First edition. Near fine condition. No dust jacket. Grey cloth boards with holographic photo of the Eiffel Tower pasted on. Very slight soiling. Solid binding. Clean text pages. Text in English. Handsome and elaborate exhibition catalogue issued in conjunction with Mois de la Photographie Festival under the aegis of Mission Paris 2000 for a show held at the Musee Carnavalet in Paris. Book covers stereoscopy and other forms of 3D imagery and comes with two different unused viewers in rear pocket. 292 pp. including sources, bibliography, glossary, index, and photographic credit. May require additional shipping charges for other than domestic media mail. Bookseller Inventory # 3474

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Title: Paris in 3D: From Stereoscopy to Virtual ...

Publisher: Booth-Clibborn Editions, in association with the Musee Carnavalet and the Museum of the History of Paris, Paris

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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A comprehensive historical survey of the techniques that underpin 3-D photography and an overview of the history of Paris during the last 150 years, including documentation from the two World Wars, early erotica and advertising. Originally exhibited at the Musee Carnavalet, Paris."


Although stereoscopic views--the first 3D images--were invented by English physicist Charles Wheatstone, they didn't catch on until their debut in Paris in the 1850s. The City of Light has been an inspiration ever since to amateur and professional photographers with a taste for hyperrealism. Paris in 3D, which comes with a pair of red-and-green plastic lenses and a cardboard viewer, offers a grab bag of Parisian subjects from the past 150 years, ready to snap into eye-popping focus. This is a fantastic variety show, with everything from aerial perspectives, architectural monuments, and eye-witness views of famous historical events to advertising imagery, vintage nudes, and contemporary art projects.

The authors discuss technical aspects of the various 3D processes in enthusiastic detail. You're probably familiar with holography, but how about anaglyphs, line screen and lenticular systems, photo-sculpture and auto-stereograms? In recent years, computer-generated 3D imagery helped design the new Météor line on the Métro and made possible a Web site allowing subscribers to create figures who roam specific Parisian districts. But technology is just part of the story. The text also surveys public attitudes (largely disapproving in the early days, when pornography was rampant) and muses over the continuing allure of this form of trick photography.

Even if philosophical discussions and explanations of how things work make your eyes glaze over, the photographs themselves are, as the Michelin Guides say, "worth the trip." From glimpses of the Paris Commune barricades of 1871 to an advertisement for a massage school for the blind, this is a hugely inclusive portrait of Paris, at once lofty and banal, cultured and crass, steeped in history and living for the moment. --Cathy Curtis

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