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About the course, Stereoscopy: An Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography
Stereo image depicting two unidentified women, possibly mother and daughter, one seated holding a stereo viewer, one standing, holding a plant on a plinth.
© 2016 National Museums Scotland

You may already be familiar with three-dimensional images either through 3D films (viewed through special spectacles) or still images viewed through Google cardboard or other virtual reality devices.

In this course on Victorian Stereo Photography, we will encourage you to think about and explore some of these questions:

  • How long has three-dimensional (3D) imaging been available – and what were some of the earliest 3D images?
  • Who was making these images, and who would view them?
  • What can the 19th century craze for stereoscopy teach us about the popularity of sharing images today?

Feel free to start discussing these questions now.

This free online course has been developed from a five-week course, Photography: A Victorian Sensation (2015) and will look in more detail at the 19th century craze for three-dimensional photographic images.

Using mostly articles and images from the collections held at National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, the course invites you to explore artistic and technological developments in stereo photography, through the work of some of the foremost practitioners of the 19th century.

There will be some audio and video presentations to give you more detailed information plus discussion forums and quizzes where you can share or test your learning.

You may find this range of Blogs from National Museums Scotland of interest, as a general introduction to our work around Victorian photography. We also have this link to an overview of Victorian photographic techniques.

Don’t worry – we will remind you of these resources later in the course.

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Unlimited access to the course: Go at your own pace with unlimited access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn.

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