Awhile back, I wrote this piece on “Les Diableries,” a particularly dark and macabre series of stereoscopic images from the late 19th century. “Stereoscopy,” mes étudiants, is a photographic technique for creating or enhancing the illusion of depth in an image by presenting two offset images separately to the left and right eye of the viewer. These images are physically isolated through use of a viewing device, then ultimately combined in the brain to give the perception of 3-D depth. Rad!
Recently, a French photographer, “Alexis,” discovered some wonderful stereoscopic plates from the 1930s, and it is amazing how these pieces make antiquarian Paris come to life. Please check out the awesome article at Gizmodo, where they’ve animated the serene images into vintage GIFs.