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Introduced in 1947, the Stereo Realist camera system brought full color 3-D photography of astonishing realism to the masses. The technology peaked in the mid-50s and slowly disappeared.
Eric Drysdale has been collecting these amazing images for over 20 years. In this intimate 2-hour “stereo salon,” you’ll see the best of them in high-quality fully-restored vintage viewers– the way they were meant to be seen.
Called by enthusiasts, “the virtual reality of the ’50s,” the Stereo Realist system will take you back to midcentury America with startling vividness. You’ll see every aspect of American life: work and play; home and travel; city, suburb and country. It’s the closest to time travel you’re likely to experience.
“As you click away on your very own battery-powered, plastic time machine, you will have the rare opportunity to gaze upon hundreds of haunting and hilarious, poignant and puzzling, bleak and beautiful images. Beyond the trippy novelty of 3-D lies the heart of the event—a tour de force of curatorial passion and panache that rivals any top-shelf gallery show. If you are a lover of photography, you are in for a truly one-of-a-kind viewing experience impossible to anticipate.”
— Matt Mahurin, photographer, illustrator and filmmaker (I Like Killing Flies)
“Eric plays the perfect tour guide, neither telling you what to think nor leaving you without context, as you stare into the dreams and lives of a world long past. It’s how photographic history was meant to be experienced.”
— Jason Scott, Archivist, Internet Archive/Wayback Machine