Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May explains his obsession with Victorian stereoscopic photographs
Long before the red and green glasses of the 1950s and the cinematic extravaganza of James Cameron's Avatar, the Victorians had their very own 3D craze. Nineteenth-century photographic pioneers found they could take advantage of the human brain's capacity to create the illusion of depth from two flat images, and exploited it to the full. Queen guitarist Brian May has been collecting these striking images for over 40 years and now, for the first time, brings part of his collection together with some of the paintings that inspired them. A book of the photographs accompanies the display: The Poor Man’s Picture Gallery: Stereoscopy versus Paintings in the Victorian Era by Dr Brian May and Denis Pellerin.