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Parlor illusions : stereoscopic views of sub-Saharan Africa.
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Parlor illusions : stereoscopic views of sub-Saharan Africa.

Author: Rick Vander Knyff
Edition/Format:   Article : English
Publication:African arts. 40 (3) autumn 2007, pages 50-63.

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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Rick Vander Knyff
OCLC Number: 182630454
Notes: Illustrations.
The first stereoscopic views of sub-Saharan Africa were published in 1909 by an American company, Underwood & Underwood. In 1923, later views of Africa became available by the Keystone View Company. A stereoscopic image is created when two photographs of a scene are taken from points a short distance apart in order to reproduce human binocular vision. When the image is viewed through a stereoscope, it is seen as a three-dimensional illusion.
The Underwood "African Tour" consisted of 100 views of mixed genres, from scenes of colonial life to images and scenes of nature. Twenty-six stereoscopic cards were taken of the Belgian Congo, in 1905 and 1906. The images were studied as printed file photographs or stereoscopic cards in the Keystone Mast Collection at University of California, Riverside.


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