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A Village Lost and Found: An annotated tour of the 1850s series of stereo photographs "Scenes in Our Village" by T. R. Williams Hardcover – December 22, 2009
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"The awesome thoroughness of this book is worthy of a PhD thesis...a triumph of scholarship and credit to all concerned." —The Royal Photographic Society
"It's like magic and makes me feel like a child again." --—Observer
About the Author
Elena Vidal is an experienced conservator and photo historian. She has worked as a conservator of paintings in Florence, Spain and the UK. She graduated with an MA in Photographic Conservation at the Camberwell School of Arts, and has subsequently specialized in the history of stereoscopic photography.
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The images in this book are a series of hand tinted 3D stereocards from the 1850's of, what was thought to be, a lost village in the UK. They portray a pastoral and still slightly primitive way of life that was on the very cusp of ending with the coming industrial revolution. The photographer, T.R. Williams had to pose every shot and make sure the poses were held while he took one image and then another. Where I see window violations in all sorts of old stereocards, Mr. Williams seemed to have grasped the concept very early and he does an excellent job of maintaining the window.
This book is an obvious labor of love with substantive research going into each an every image. No stone is left unturned and one cannot help but appreciate this not only as a beautiful 3D experience but an academic one as well. I'll skip the surface incongruity of a `rock-n-roll god' longing for such a simple and idyllic way of life between these pages. What emerges most is the artistic work of T.R. Williams and his ability to create wonderful 3D images at a time when cameras were unwieldy items and stereo cameras certainly didn't exist. Weather it was remarkable foresight and a need to preserve a way of life in images or just a love of the village life at the time, this photographer has saved a bit of history that we can all admire.
Along with this book comes Brian May's OWL viewer which has a slide focusing adjustment feature. Thoughtfully designed and with a sturdy construction, this is a quality viewer.Read more ›
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Brian May wrote those lyrics for --- but of course you remember....Queen.
Thirty years ago, the young guitarist and songwriter dropped out of school to see if his college band, Queen, would go anywhere. Did it ever! The group made 15 CDs, sold 300 million copies. Songs like "We Will Rock You" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" brought Queen to the height of British rock --- you won't be mocked if you argue that this was the best English band of all time. And let's not forget Freddie Mercury, the lead singer, lost to AIDs --- and still mourned by millions.
When Queen quieted down, Brian May completed his academic work and earned a PhD. from Imperial College, London. (You can buy his thesis on Interplentary Dust, A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud.) As a mass communicator, he had an interest in a more direct explanation of the way things work, so he co-authored a book, Bang! The Complete History of the Universe.
And now the versatile Dr. May has topped himself --- he's taken a lifelong interest in stereoscopic photography and produced a picture-and-text book that is at once a historical chronicle and a work of art. A Village Lost and Found: Scenes in Our Village comes in a slipcase; in a separate folder, you get a 3-D viewer that May, and his collaborator, Elena Vidal, created for this project.
Where does a fascination like this come from? You guessed it --- May's childhood. As a boy, he liked to let his eyes relax as he looked at the wallpaper in his room; eventually, it moved, popped, acquired dimensionality.Read more ›
Like BANG! this is a high quality publication, a hard slipcase with a beautiful book and the well thought out and crafted OWL viewer which makes the photos truly come alive, I got this as a holiday gift to myself and am just so pleased with it. As an added plus, Brian's instuctions on the method of shooting a 3D photo were easy and informative, and something that I'll try myself soon. If you have an interest in stereoscopic photography or rural Victorian England I'd highly recommend this book.
I want to thank Brian May and Elena Vidal for working on and producing such a fine volume so that many around the world can enjoy these examples of life in Victorian Britain. It truly looks to be a labor of love. It strikes me that this book would be a good introduction for children, as well as adults, to learn about life in another place and time. Incidentally, many of the views show hand-colored examples of this early photography. This is an example of how publishers can still produce books of a fine quality at what I think is a reasonable price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
WIsh the photos were a little bit larger. Some of the stereoscopic photos are difficult to get the full 3-D pop. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joe Wegenhoft
Another excellent, comprehensive look at not only the photographic and technical aspects of the stereoviews, but a very human voice for the history. Read morePublished 4 months ago by LongWorkdaysAhead
Its a great window into the past,the owl is a great design,it works with most of my other books cards ect.Published 14 months ago by chuck wilsonchuck wilson
This book is okay but not really what i expected. I think that Dr. May should stick to rocking the masses at a stadium and his campaigns for "Save Me" I'm not stating that... Read morePublished 18 months ago by MusicLove76
Interesting material. Stereoscopes taken long ago, and the same locations taken a few years ago.Published 22 months ago by Brannon McBroom
I Bought this for my mom for X-mas because she has an actual antique stereoscopic photography viewer and several antique cards that belonged to her Great-Grandfather, she said... Read morePublished 23 months ago by wee*monkey
I really enjoy Brian May's stereoscopic books, and this volume is particularly charming. Excellent research, fantastic reproduction of the stereo cards, and a pleasant, tranquil... Read morePublished 23 months ago by ridetheory
Thatched roofs, long skirts a small village in the middle 1800. Long before automobiles, computers or even electricity, this is how many people lived way back then. Read morePublished on May 29, 2014 by 'stashgal