British musician Brian May poses with an owl viewer in front of John Everett Millais painting ‘Hearts are Trumps’ in 1872 which was inspired by Michael Burr stereoscopic photograph also entitled ‘Hearts are Trumps’ 1866 as part of an exhibition entitled ‘Poor man’s picture gallery’ : Victorian Art and Stereoscopic Photography at the Tate Britain in central London on October 20, 2014. Stereoscopic photographs, or stereograms, viewed through a stereoscope create an illusion of 3D depth. Queens guitarist Brian May has lent a rare collection of Victorian stereographic photographs to Tate Britain. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSAL
Astronomer and Queens guitarist, Dr Brian May has lent a rare collection of Victorian stereographic photographs to Tate Britain. They are featured in Poor mans picture gallery: Victorian Art and Stereoscopic Photography until 12 April 2015. This is the first display in a major British art gallery devoted to the nineteenth-century craze of three-dimensional photography, known as stereographs, and open up this neglected area of British art. In the 1850s and 1860s pioneer photographers staged real men, women and children in tableaux based on famous paintings of the day, in order to bring them to life as three-dimensional scenes.
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