“Stereoscopy”: Behind the scenes on Launch Day

To celebrate the launch of new book Stereoscopy: The Dawn of 3-D, this afternoon Brian May and co-author, art historian, Denis Pellerin, visited Kings College Archive, home to the world’s first ever stereoscope.

Charles Wheatstone, a Professor at Kings College, discovered stereoscopy and invented the stereoscope in the 1830s and this was to be the start of 3-D.

Brian and Denis pose with the antique stereoscope which has never been seen by the public before:

Denis and Brian with world's first stereoscope
Photo credit: Paul Harmer

Brian can also be seen holding the first stereoscope alongside the 21st century stereoscope that he designed in 2009 and named an OWL.

Brian with world's first stereoscope and modern OWL
Photo credit: Paul Harmer

Each copy of the new book comes with an OWL viewer to bring to life in fantastic 3-D the rare Victorian photographs from his extensive archive.

Later that day we see Brian and Denis in the grand chapel at Kings College ready to launch the book to the world with a live virtual 3-D presentation of the book.

Brian and Denis before talk with "Stereoscopy" book
Photo credit: Paul Harmer
Brian and Denis before talk with "Stereoscopy" book
Photo credit: Paul Harmer

​Stereoscopy: The Dawn of 3-D is officially out now – CLICK HERE