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Photo credit: Centenary olive tree, by Carlos Relvas, 1873.
Stereoscopic albumen print. Casa dos Patudos - Museu de Alpiarça Collection

‘The not-so-veiled charms of stereo photography’

We are pleased to reveal the title, blurb and a charming stereoscopic daguerreotype of Denis Pellerin’s keynote presentation at S&I Media 2020, next June.

Nude photographs in general and stereoscopic daguerreotypes in particular are very popular among collectors. These images, usually beautifully made and very nicely tinted, are greatly enhanced by the sensation of depth the stereoscope provides. The viewers could imagine themselves very close to those voluptuous ladies and so great was the illusion that it only stopped short of actually being able to touch them. But who among those who enjoy those images knows the real story behind this artistic — and occasionally pornographic — production? Most exclusively made in France in the 1850s and 1860s these daguerreotypes may have cost the buyers a small fortune but they certainly cost the majority of the photographers who took them and the models who sat for them their freedom and more often than not their reputation.
Photo historian Denis Pellerin reveals some of the sad tales behind the mirror-like surfaces of these outstanding daguerreotypes. Much more than mere flesh, the persons who undressed in front of the camera were young women who were dreaming of a better life and did not always realise there was a huge price to pay for the easy money they were earning by flaunting their veil-less charms.

 

S&I Media 2020: Call for 3D short films

The International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media: Photography, Sound and Cinema Research will include 3D film screenings, creating an important platform for the display of 3D cinema.

3D films should explore and highlight the immersive features of stereoscopic technologies.

The films selected will be screened in the new Cinema Fernando Lopes at Universidade Lusófona in Lisbon, Portugal. During this screening, authors will be given the opportunity to present and discuss their films.

Closing date for proposal submissions: 15 May 2020.

Elisabeth Edwards in S&I Media 2020: ‘Immersive histories: photography and the absorption of the past’

The 4th International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media is pleased to announce Elizabeth Edwards as a 2020 Plenary Speaker. Elizabeth Edwards is a visual and historical anthropologist and is currently Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Victoria and Albert Museum Research Institute, London. She is Professor Emerita of Photographic History at De Montfort University, Leicester, where she was Director of the Photographic History Research Centre from 2011- 2016.

Elisabeth Edwards’s talk is entitled ‘Immersive histories: photography and the absorption of the past’ and will take place at the Carlos Relvas House-Studio in Golegã, a Nineteenth-Century luxurious and absolutely unique photographic studio, the second venue of our conference next June. See the blurb for her talk in this website

A unique venue for S&I Media’20: the 19th Century Studio-House of Carlos Relvas

The Studio-House of Carlos Relvas was conceived in 1873 as a temple dedicated to the art of photography and is the only of its kind worldwide. It’s a two-storey house with an iron and glass structure, fully restored in 2003 and in 2018, that includes a large Victorian photographic studio, labs, elegant lobbies and exhibition rooms, refined studio furniture and expensive 19th Century cameras. Carlos Relvas was a pioneer in the Portuguese photography and produced amazing collodion stereographs in the 1860’s. We are proud to have the last day of our conference in this historical studio!

More info: http://www.casarelvas.com

Talks in 3D!

Stereoscopic projection will be available at the conference. The conference will offer you the opportunity to present your talk in 3-D if you feel inclined to. Following the acceptance of your abstract, the digital images for your 3D presentation should be sent until April 18, 2020. Send us your images with a 1920 x 1080 dpi resolution to the email stereoimmersivemedia@ulusofona.pt

A Dag Studio at S&I Media 2020

A nineteenth-century inspired daguerreotype studio will be installed at the conference venue, Universidade Lusófona.

Thanks to LUPA – Luís Pavão Lda. (www.lupa.com.pt), you will rediscover one of the first techniques of photography and take the result back home with you.

This unique experience will take around 2 hours, during which you will be invited to participate in the several stages of the process: polishing the brass plate, preparing a pose with clothing and props of your choice, exposure of the plate to iodine vapors to create a light-sensitive surface, image development, fixation and gilding, and finally the packaging of the plate in a case specifically designed for this event.

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