Brian May and Elena Vidal: A VILLAGE LOST AND FOUND, 3D Book talk and Presentation
A complete annotated collection of the original 1850s stereoscopic photograph series Scenes in Our Village by T. R. Williams brought together for the first time in living memory
For the young Brian May, a fascination with 3-D picture cards given away in Weetabix packets led to a lifelong passion for âstereoscopicâ images. It was in this way that May discovered the work of Thomas Richard Williams (1824-1871) who, in the 1850s, had created a series of 59 stereo cards depicting life in a small English village â" Scenes in Our Village.
In A VILLAGE LOST AND FOUND, the product of more than 30 yearsâ research, May and his co-author, photographic historian Elena Vidal, present an exhaustive study of Scenes in Our Village. The village, whose identity was lost for 150 years, was only recently rediscovered by May, in 2003, still in existence in Oxfordshire. Their research is amazingly in-depth, but the book is utterly readable, and the pictures leap into glorious 3-D, viewed in the new focusing stereoscope which May has designed and produced, to bring the stereos to life, and then fold neatly into the slip-case of the book.
âA Village Lost and Found is a significant contribution to our understanding of photographic history and the Victorian period. To quote the 1850s London Stereoscopic Company's maxim, "No home should be without one!â
A Village Lost and Found provides an extraordinary insight into English society in the mid-Victorian era, explains historic photographic techniques and explores the life of the enigmatic T. R. Williams, who appears, from time to time, Hitchcock-like, in his own photographs.
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