Links and resources


More than 150 years of stereo imaging . . .

Sir Charles Wheatstone’s stereoscope actually preceded the invention of photography;  he used two slightly different drawings (E and E’ above) and mirrors (A and A’ ) to present the images to each eye.  Decades later, the invention of numerous belt or chain-driven stereocard viewers seems to have suggested the presentation of a series of pictures of motion, long before the appearance of film and movies.  For a survey of the early precedents of today’s crop of 3-D movies, and in fact movies themselves, see:

Ray Zone, Stereoscopic Cinema and the Origins of 3-D Film, 1838-1952, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2007. 

For insight into how 1950s-to-recent stereo moviemakers are thinking about the revival, see:

Ray Zone, 3-D Filmmakers: Conversations with Creators of Stereoscopic Motion Pictures, Scarecrow Press, 2005.

Websites, most with large lists of links: --Stereo Club of Southern Calif., mentor club to 3-D Hollywood since the 1950s  --The stereo display technology conference for the last 20 years  --A most comprehensive 3-D site.  Subscribe to the web newsletter --Website of the National Stereoscopic Association, great publication --Website of the International Stereoscopic Union, also with a great magazine

3-D supplies: