Animating Mathew Brady: Civil War Era Photographs in Motion

I wish I’d checked out the Mathew Brady collection at the National Archives a lot sooner.  For the past few years, I’ve been experimenting with techniques for animating historical photographs, and I’ve had difficulty finding suitable material to experiment on—especially groups of three or more pictures taken at the same time from different perspectives.  It…

“Ping Pong” Photos: An Introduction

No, I don’t mean pictures of people playing table tennis.  During the first quarter of the twentieth century, the “ping pong” was one of the cheapest and most popular types of photograph in America.  But chances are you’ve never heard of it.  The very term “ping pong,” in its photographic sense, has now fallen into…

Eye Reflections as Accidental Stereoviews

The eyes, it’s said, are the mirror of the soul.  But they also serve as mirrors more literally: we can see things reflected in them.  And when we’re looking at two eyes side by side, we can often see the same things reflected in both at once, from slightly different vantage points—nature’s own stereoviews!  With…