Very sad to report the passing of a great stereoscopist and friend – Ray Zone.
I’ve made this stereo from an as yet uncompleted documentary film in which Ray interviewed Elena Vidal and myself on the subject of “A Village Lost and Found”. I hope the complete film will be available at some point. It was filmed in 3-D, though, unfortunately, as you can see, the technicians were over-cautious on baseline – there isn’t much actual 3-D on Ray’s face. But I think he’d be OK with this 3-D snap.
Ray was a great exponent of the art and science of 3-D photography, the writer of many excellent articles and books on the subject, and over a period of more than 40 years, he contributed life and illumination to the world of 3-D. His sudden passing away has left the stereoscopic community stunned, and he will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences to his family. This man is not replaceable.
RIP Ray. Bri
P.S. Here is Eric Kurland’s nice obituary – and a note that Jeff Amaral sent me which made me happy today.
It is with great sadness that I must report the sudden passing of our friend Ray Zone. Ray passed away on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He leaves a long legacy as an author, publisher, historian, photographer, filmmaker and artist. A longtime advocate of stereography as an art form, he earned the title “King of 3-D Comics” for publishing or producing the 3-D separations for over 130 3-D comic books. Ray was a longtime member and past President of the LA 3-D Club, and was currently serving as the club’s Vice President.
And he was my mentor and dear friend. Rest in peace.
Los Angeles 3-D Club (SCSC)
Jeff Amaral: “I will tell you that at the 3D convention this Summer, after your discussion of ‘Brief History’ together post-screening, Ray told me that “did you hear that Jeffrey, Brian May said I was his hero”. Ray loved your book and your passion.”