Three-dimensional photography (stereography)
has been around
as long as the camera. People have sought the realism of depth in photographs
since the mid-19th century (over 150 years) as an aid
to experiencing the reality of the scene they were observing. Stereo views
were, in essence, the first virtual reality tools available
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries,
3-dimensional photography has experienced varying degrees of popularity.
During the Victorian period it was extremely popular. Every middle to
upper class family
in Europe and America had stereo viewers in their homes.
Thousands of stereo views were produced on every subject imaginable. It
was the TV of the 19th century.
With the invention of the personal computer
and the innovation of the Internet, 3-D is once again making a comeback.
There are many
3D web sites on the Internet as many people are seeking the realism
of virtual reality images. This 3-D interest holds a great deal of promise
for the future of the in-depth image in both education
and business on the web.