4th International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media — Photography, Sound and Cinema Research
Lusofona University, Lisbon, 17—19 June 2021

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

The International Journal on Stereo & Immersive Media: new issue


IJSIM’s editorial board is proud to announce this new issue which includes three inspiring invited articles by Michael Pritchard (Royal Photographic Society, UK), Carlos Teixidor-Cadenas (Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain) and Bruno Martins (University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), along with five peer-reviewed articles by Peter Blair (UK), Bradley Kagan (Australia), Stephen McBurney (UK), Esther Jacopin (France) and Volker Kuchelmeister (Australia). We are also proud to present on its cover an extraordinary stereoscopic negative by Jean Laurent from 1869 showing the Tower of Belém (Lisbon) and Laurent’s photographic laboratory cart. We take this opportunity to thank all the authors, reviewers and designers for their remarkable work in putting together this issue in such difficult times.

Access here: https://revistas.ulusofona.pt/index.php/stereo/issue/view/765

IJSIM’s call for papers for next issue is open until 30th June 2021. Our next issue, IJSIM Vol.5 No.1, will be published in December 2021

Please find registration and submission informations at http://revistas.ulusofona.pt/index.php/stereo/information/authors




S&I Media postponed to June 2021

The S&I Media organizing committee has decided to postpone the conference to 17—19 June 2021 due to the ongoing travel restrictions and uncertainty across the globe.

We have received and accepted submissions from over 25 different countries, which means that the conference depends on an international stable global health in order to take place safely.

All submissions accepted in 2020 will remain valid and will not have to be resubmitted.
Considering this new scenario, we will extend our Early Bird registrations deadline to 8 March 2021 (registration link on our website). Regarding our call for 3D short films, the new deadline will be 30 March 2021.
The deadline for submitting your paper to our journal (https://revistas.ulusofona.pt/index.php/stereo) remains unchanged: 31st July 2020. We are considering to publish a larger number of submissions and to have this next issue both as a sign of resistance and as a stimulus for our next encounter!
Keep well and safe.

The S&I Media Organizing Committee

José Antonio Hernández Latas in S&I Media 2020

We are honored to present José Antonio Hernández Latas as our Invited Speaker for the Panel on Stereoscopic Photography and its Visual Cultures (19th to 21st Century). Jose Antonio Latas is a researcher at the foundation Agencia Aragonesa para la Investigación y el Desarrollo (ARAID) at the University of Zaragoza and is the organizer of the International Conference on Research in History of Photography, in Spain. In S&I Media 2020 Jose Antonio will present a talk about “The Monasterio de Piedra (Aragón) in professional stereoscopic photography, 19th and 20th centuries”.


More details about his talk will be disclosed soon. 

Manuel Vason in S&I Media 2020

S&I Media 2020 is proud to announce Manuel Vason as an Invited Speaker for the conference panel on Performance and Visual Media. Manuel Vason is an artist who explores the relationship between photography and performance. The collaborative nature of his practice shapes a unique, hybrid art form and has produced some of the most iconic images of performance. S&I Media 2002 panel on Performance and Visual Media is co-organised by PERPHOTO, a research project from the Centre of Theatre Studies, University of Lisbon, aiming to explore the interactions between photography and the performative arts.


More details about his talk will be disclosed soon. 

Carlos Teixidor will present the stereoscopic negatives by J. Laurent in Portugal (1869)

In the next S&I Media conference (18-20 June), Carlos Teixidor (Cultural Heritage Institute, Madrid) will present the photographs taken by Jean Laurent in Portugal in 1869. A unique opportunity to see these negatives (Lisbon, Batalha, Tomar, Coimbra, Porto, Setúbal and Évora), and  screened in 3D!

The stereoscopic negatives by J. Laurent. Views of Portugal in 1869

Jean (or Juan) Laurent started to work as a photographer in 1856 and by 1857 he was already taking stereoscopic views. Between 1861 and 1868 he was announced as the photographer for Queen Elizabeth II of Spain. In 1869 he traveled to Portugal to obtain city views and portrait the Portuguese royal family.
All his negatives from Portugal were made with the technique of wet collodion glass plates, using a small carriage as a photographic darkroom. Most of the prints were on albumin paper, but also some on leptographic paper. The Laurent archive is preserved in the Cultural Heritage Institute in Madrid. In total there are about 12,000 negatives by Laurent and his hired photographers. Among the stereoscopic negatives (13 x 18 cm format) there are 78 views of Portugal, mainly from Lisbon, Batalha, Tomar, Coimbra, Porto, Setúbal and Évora.

Carlos Teixidor Cadenas is the curator of historical photography at the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (IPCE), Ministry of Culture and Sports, in Madrid. He has published several books, such as “Photography in the Canary Islands and Madeira. The era of daguerreotype, collodion and albumen 1839-1900” and “The postcard in Spain. 1892-1915” (Espasa, 1999).

‘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.

Tom Gunning in Lisbon next June at S&I Media Conference

The International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media is honored to announce Tom Gunning as the opening keynote speaker of its next edition in Lisbon (18-20 June) with a talk entitled “3-D Images: Realistic Illusion or Perceptual Confusion?”


The presentation seeks to explore the ambiguities of the devices of stereoscopic imagery both moving and still. Since the invention of the stereoscope there has been the claim that stereoscopic images gave a more complete representation of their objects by adding an appearance of three dimensionality. However, it has also been acknowledged that stereoscopy creates merely an optical illusion of three dimensionality, one which presents its own perceptual ambiguities. Moving from the issues raised by Jonathan Crary in his discussion of stereoscopy in The Techniques of the Observer to the history 3-D films, I want to explore how the tension between an illusionist approach of fooling the senses into believing an image and an outright challenge to representation which fosters the contradictions of stereoscopic images has made 3-D a dynamic aesthetic form. I will discuss both commercial films, such as the late Transformers series, as well as avant-garde works by Godard, Ken Jacob and The OpenEnded Group (Marc Downie and Paul Kaiser).

Tom Gunning works on problems of film style and interpretation, film history and film culture. His published work has concentrated on early cinema as well as on the culture of modernity from which cinema arose. His concept of the “cinema of attractions” has tried to relate the development of cinema to other forces than storytelling, such as new experiences of space and time in modernity, and an emerging modern visual culture. The issues of film culture, the historical factors of exhibition and criticism and spectator’s experience throughout film history are recurrent themes in his work.

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