Louis and Auguste Lumiere are best known as inventors of the cinematographic projector and the accompanying film of a train [ L’Arrivee d’un train en gare de la Ciotat] which legend has it, was so astonishing to the audience, who had never seen a moving picture before, that they fled the auditorium in terror.
Louis Lumiere is also responsible for the process I present here – photostereosynthesis. Developed in the early 1900s, it involves taking a series of photographs at differing focal distances, and layering lightly printed glass plates to create a three dimensional image of the subject entombed in glass. Images were highly laborious and expensive to produce, and the process never succeeded commercially.
Some have described the technique as a precursor to holography, in the sense that they both produce three dimensional images, but the effect is very different.
Apparently, only twelve examples of Lumiere’s original photostereosynthesis images have survived. I have yet to
Of course, three dimensional things don’t really work too well when presented
An interesting side-effect of photographing people in this way, is that