Brian took part in the following event for the British Film Institute last month.
12 March 2014 15:30 — 17:00
Brian May’s Diableries
Dr Brian May, Paula Fleming, Denis Pellerin
A devilish 1860’s sensation and the result of half a lifetime’s passionate study to reassemble and present to 21st Century audiences. Dr Brian May, photohistorian Denis Pellerin, and former photo archivist of the Smithsonian Institute Paula Fleming, take you on the unbelievable international journey to reunite the 180 extremely rare Stereograph Scenes and unearth their funny, satirical and riotously inventive secrets for the first time.
Review of session by Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Paul Fleming www.ravensbourne.ac.uk
Delegate Jennie Stewart commented…. Y
our favourite moment?
My favourite moment was also in my favourite session, which was the Brian May Diableries session.Paula Fleming, former photo archivist at the Smithsonian was displaying a stereograph and mentioned that it featured some thunder and lightning. At which point Brian May (yes of Queen fame) leaned into the mic and said ‘that’s very very frightening’.
My next favourite moment has to be seeing the evening reception filled to bursting point with all the delegates swapping notes on their favourite sessions and what they’d learnt from the event. And already talking about what they’d like to see at next year’s 3D Creative Summit.
Your favourite lecture/session?
My favourite session was Brian May’s Diableries where we were taken through the history of the French and English Diableries and their place in political satire. For some creators of the Diablery series of stereographs, their topic was considered so incendiary, they had to be very inventive in how the stereographs were labelled and archived in order to avoid imprisonment for treason or dissention. It was truly fascinating to understand how the diableries were originally created and how much detailed work they took to create such vivid effect. Each one, originating from the 19th century, takes a minimum of three weeks to restore, and in some cases the stereographs have probably been lost forever – either never found or truly beyond restoration. An engrossing subject and I could have listened to the three experts – Dr Brian May, Paula Fleming and photo-historian Denis Pellerin for hours.
What did you think of the overall event?
A fantastic event with a really impressive list of speakers, and lots of keen delegates. The delegates all seemed to enjoy the event as much as I did and asked a lot of questions.