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A Communion of ShadowsReligion and Photography in Nineteenth-Century America$
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Rachel McBride Lindsey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469633725

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633725.001.0001

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Beyond the Sense Horizon

Beyond the Sense Horizon

(p.200) Five Beyond the Sense Horizon
A Communion of Shadows

Rachel McBride Lindsey

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the communion of shadows through the optical marvel of the stereoscope. First developed in the decades before the invention of photography, stereographs began as simple drawings designed to explore binocular vision by simulating dimensional depth on a flat surface. With the invention of the daguerreotype and subsequent print photography, stereographs became immensely popular forms of nineteenth-century visual culture. The effect of dimension was accomplished by positioning two nearly exact photographs side by side and viewed through prismatic lenses fitted into a hood, a contraption known as a stereoscope. Like halftone tours and biblical photographs, stereographs of the Holy Land invited beholders to dismiss the photographic contemporary in their sights on a biblical imaginary. But through the visual sensation of the stereoscope, beholders imagined themselves transported into the biblical past in a way other photographic technologies had not enabled.

Keywords:   Stereoscope, Stereograph, Holy Land, Underwood and Underwood, Travelogue, Life of Christ

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