Stereographs are the Netflix of 1900’s and the cornerstone of VR and 3Ds (Stereo 3D) technology. The simplicity and ease of production makes the stereograph a unique way to capture, present and backup visual information combined with text.

Keystone perfiscope – Holmes Viewer (early 1900’s), and stereograph set.

Stereoscopic photography, also known as 3D photography is a technique used to create the illusion of depth in an image. It works by capturing two slightly different perspectives of the same scene and presenting them to the viewer’s eyes in a way that enhances the natural way we view reality.

The first step in creating a stereoscopic photograph is to take two separate images of the same scene from slightly different perspectives. This can be done by using a special camera with two lenses spaced apart to mimic the distance between our eyes, a pair of synced cameras, by an image split or by taking two separate photos with a single-lens camera and shifting the camera slightly between shots.

Photo: Shimon Yair Cohen

Photographs are typically displayed side by side, with one image for each eye that merge when viewed in a stereoscope into a single illusion of beauty and depth.

Nikon d850 Nikon 50mm lens (X2).
Stereography: Yaal Herman

Stereoscopic photography has been around since the 1850s and was once a popular form of educational entertainment, with special viewing devices and dedicated theaters for showing 3D movies.

Stereoscopic photography is a fascinating and unique way to experience the world. It allows us to see things with a new light and adds an extra dimension to our visual experience.