Who would have thought that among the already eminent hats Dr. Brian May wears, the founding figure of Queen, a guitarist and an astronomer, he is now adding one more as the co-curator of “Poor man’s picture gallery”: Victorian Art and Stereoscopic Photography at Tate Britain. It’s another kind of fine debut. For the first time Tate hosts the rare displays of stereographs collected by May where photographers like Michael Burr and Alexis Gaudin seized the 3D craze at the very birth of photography in 1850s. Stereographs consisting two photographs taken in marginally varied positions are place side by side, when viewed up close, the three-dimensional tableaux invites gasps that are no less astonished today than at their first creation 150 years ago, in return influencing traditional paintings of its days.
“Poor man’s picture gallery”: Victorian Art and Stereoscopic Photography
On view at Tate Britain
13 Oct 2014 – Apr 2015