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Brian May Brian May, CBE, PhD, FRAS is a founding member of Queen, a world-renowned guitarist, songwriter, producer and performer. Stereoscopy has been a life-long passion for Brian, and the first book he wrote on Victorian stereo photography, co-authored with Elena Vidal, and called A Village Lost and Found, was very successful. Denis Pellerin has been a teacher for over 30 years and interested in photography since the age of ten. He was bitten by the stereo bug in the 1980s, has been fascinated by Diableries for over 25 years and has written several books and articles on 19th century sterephotography for various magazines, institutions and museums. He graduated as an MA in Art History at the Sorbonne in 1999 and has since been specialising in French and British Victorian genre stereoviews. Paula Richardson Fleming is a Photographic Historian with a special interest in stereo photography. She is the retired Photo Archivist of the Smithsonian Institution National Anthropological Archives, and a Fellow and former member of the Board of Directors of the National Stereoscopic Association.

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"The devil was close at hand in Victorian-era France, particularly if you had a stereoscope. A series of double-image cards, Diableries fit into a wooden viewer and leaped into 3-D, with witty, racy, frightening visions of hell. One hundred and eighty images are collected in the new book Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell, which comes with a sixteen layer lenticular fronted slipcase and a fold-out stereoscope viewer. The book is written by Brian May, the Queen guitarist (who has a doctorate in astrophysics and is a life long stereo photography collector), Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming. It contains detailed context for each Diablerie, explaining political references, pointing out jokes and illustrating technical accomplishments. The images were created by photographing hand-sculpted scenes. They look sepia-toned in daylight and fill with color when backlighted, which is particularly frightening when the eyes of the damned glow red as the green devil parades by."-- Los Angeles Times, October 23, 2013
"Who says dinosaur rockers can't raise hell? In the poshly published Diableries (London Stereopticon Company, 280 pages, $60), Brian May, lead guitarist of Queen, shares his longstanding passion for 19th-century stereopticon images. He bought his first pair of these 3-D cards over 40 years ago from a psychedelia vendor at Portobello Road Market in London. In this nearly complete set of a phantasmic French stereopticon series from the 1860s, skeletons enact an elaborate danse macabre. Curiously, Satan bears a striking resemblance to King Louis Philippe in a fiery underworld, prefiguring the aesthetic of many an album cover. When viewed through the nifty folding stereoscope enclosed in the book's slipcase, the paired images merge to reveal rounded volumes and a sense of deep, measurable space." -- Wall Street Journal Holiday Gift Guide, November 23, 2013

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