A preview of 10 highlights from the Honorat Collection, consisting of nearly 200 examples of amateur French stereography of the Great War.
Remembrance Day 2019: 101 Amateur 3D Photos for 101 Years
On the 101st anniversary of the Armistice, we take a look at 101 unique stereoscopic 3D photos - taken by amateurs, and not sold commercially.
One-shot #33 – Fixing up a Nieuport 10 Sesquiplane by A.O. Fasser
Doctor A. O. Fasser took this 3D photo of two men fixing up a tire on a Nieuport 10, most likely in the spring of 1916. Here we take a look at the sesquiplane, before taking a look at the importance of negatives - both in general, and relative to the Fasser Collection.
Great War 1914-1918: The Ruins of Reims
An amateur set of contemporary modern ruins photography of Reims, at and around the bombed-then-burned-out Cathedral, and probably taken well before the end of the Great War, shows 12 views from a very talented photographer, documenting the damage to a beautiful city and its centerpiece.
Exposition Internationale Paris 1937
Two glass plate negatives from the 1937 Exposition Internationale in Paris, taken from roughly the same position, give a window into the history of the Expo, as well as some of the underlying tensions that were coming to a boil in advance of the Second World War.
“My Shelter at 36th Artillery Regiment”, Verdun, 1918
4 "digital prints" from negatives of life in the camp of the 36th Artillery Regiment stationed in Saint Airy Forest at Verdun in January 1918 show snowbound soldiers near one's shelter - as well as a peek into the shelter itself!
One-shot #21: No Man’s Collection
Marketed as the collection of a French Artillery Sergeant's personal photography before, during, and after the Great War, I was sold a disparate collection of mostly-junk by an eBayer who didn't know what he was talking about. Here's the story, and one of the few slides that likely had anything to do with the Great War.
One-shot #13: The Anonymity of No Man’s Land
A developed negative of a simple path through a long-since-abandoned portion of No Man's Land causes me to question the meaning of such imagery.
One-shot #6: Negative Notions
An examination of how one can take a century-old Great War negative in rough shape and recover as much detail as possible to provide a salvageable archival digital positive.