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Southern Scenery in 3D: 19th-Century Stereographic Photography

stereographic_500Southern Scenery in 3D: 19th-Century Stereographic Photography
Wilson Special Collections Library
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Oct. 17, 2013–Feb. 2, 2014
Free and open to the public

The popular 19th– and 20th-century practice of stereographic photography will be explored in an exhibit at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library.

Southern Scenery in 3D: 19th-Century Stereographic Photography will be on display in the North Carolina Collection Gallery  through February 2, 2014. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Stereographic photography offered the illusion of depth through the binocularity of human vision— giving people a way to see the world in three dimensions without leaving the parlor of their homes.

The process involved viewing two nearly identical photos with a device called a stereoscope to produce the perception of a three-dimensional image.

The exhibit features a selection of stereographic views from the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives (NCCPA) including scenes made by Rufus Morgan, father of noted North Carolina photographer Bayard Wootten.

Among the items that visitors will be able to see are:

  • Enlarged prints of twelve stereograph images created by Morgan;
  • Views from the Wilmington waterfront and western North Carolina; and
  • Several reproduced stereograph cards and viewers to experience the three-dimensional effect of stereography.

The exhibit is presented by the North Carolina Collection.

For hours and exhibit information, contact the Wilson Special Collections Library, (919) 962-3765 or

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