Stereography offers a sense of tangibility to the photographic image. The ability to see depth draws the viewer into the depicted scene, and as the two images merge into one, a new three-dimensional image is brought to life. Since its introduction, 3D imagery has met with waves of popularity, most recently with the resurgence of 3D film and television. What is it about this compelling format that keeps people coming back?
Double the Pleasure, Triple the Fun features stereographic images and artifacts from the Photographic Historical Society of Canada’s Collections, spanning the rise of commercialized stereography in the 1850s to its popularization with hobbyists in the 1950s. Through both guided and independent exploration, visitors are invited to use historical and contemporary stereoviewers to experience an array of 3D photographs, including historical and never-before-shown images of the city, as well as depictions of industrial processes and scientific phenomena, sights from around the world, and playful and erotic scenes.
Displayed within the historic rooms of Campbell House, the images blend past and present just as the stereograph combines two images into one, bringing forth feelings of wonder and delight, curiosity and understanding, frivolity and vulgarity.