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Jazz Legends on Nearly 2,000 Stereo Realist Slides Discovered in Arkansas

On the Feb. 1, 2016 episode of the PBS television show Antiques Roadshow, titled Little Rock Part 2 of 3, a man brought in a collection of around 150 Stereo Realist slides featuring never published images of hundreds jazz and music entertainment legends.

The man's father had been a photographer who became friends with and photographed such music legends as Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and many more. His son brought the items to the Little Rock, Arkansas taping of the popular TV show. More than 300 autographed 8x10 stills and around 150 stereo slides were evaluated by the show's appraiser.

Not only did the owner have the items shown on camera, he also told the appraiser there was a total of 1,960 stereo slides in the collection and that he had only brought 150 of them to be appraised. The value placed on the items was around $75,000.

Antiques Roadshow jazz legends stereo slides collection

Louis Armstrong holding a rib bone while visiting during dinner.

Antiques Roadshow jazz legends stereo slides collection

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Stereo World Magazine January/February 2016 Vol. 41 No. 4

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The January/February 2016 issue of Stereo World magazine is now available.

Inside this issue:

3-D Busan: The 2015 ISU World Congress
12th Annual L.A. 3-D Movie Festival
Mount Lyell in the High Sierra
Crinoline Stereo Book Next from LSC
3-D Space Update
19th Century Women and Stereos
The Unknowns
Editor’s View
The Society

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Back issues are $8 each postpaid in the U.S. and $10 each for international shipment.

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The Creature Chronicles

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He was the final addition to Universal's "royal family" of movie monsters: The Creature from the Black Lagoon. With his scaly armor, razor claws and a face only a mother octopus could love, this Amazon denizen was perhaps the most fearsome beast in the history of Hollywood's Studio of Horrors. But he also possessed a sympathetic, poignant quality that elevated him fathoms above the many aquatic monsters who swam in his wake.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Gill Man and his mid-1950s film career (Creature from the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature, The Creature Walks Among Us) is collected in this book packed to the gills with hour-by-hour production histories, cast bios, analyses, explorations of the music, script-to-screen comparisons, in-depth interviews and an ocean of fin-tastic photos..

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Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference is Feb. 14 to 18, 2016

SD&A LogoPlan now to attend the 27th annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference (SD&A). SD&A will run for 3 days over Monday to Wednesday Feb. 15 to 17 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel, the same location as last year.

SD&A is held as part of the IS&T Electronic Imaging (EI) Symposium, which runs Feb. 14 to 18, 2016. The EI Symposium continues to be the premier meeting for the latest research covering all aspects of electronic imaging — from image sensing to display and hardcopy to machine vision.

Registration for SD&A 2016 allows you access to the full SD&A conference – plus the full EI Symposium that includes:

• 20 conferences with 12 joint sessions including Virtual Reality and 3-D, and Stereoscopic Image Processing and Depth Mapping
• Plenary sessions
• Keynote speakers
• 3-D Theaeer session
• Symposium Demonstration session
• Industry Exhibition and Employment Marketplace
• Interactive Paper session
• Monday reception event

The advance program is available online.

SD&A 2016 Keynote Speakers
The SD&A chairs are pleased to announce the two keynote speakers at the 2016 SD&A conference.

On Monday Feb. 15, Dr. Andrew Woods from Curtin University will discuss his 3-D imaging expedition of two historic shipwrecks in Two shipwrecks, 2,500 metres underwater, six 3-D cameras - let the survey begin.

On Tuesday Feb. 16 Robert Furmanek of 3-D Film Archive will talk about his film restoration efforts for the Blu-ray release of 3-D Movie Rarities.

Dim the lights and get the pop-corn ready, this year’s SD&A 3-D Theatre program is nearly set. All of the content is in and organizers are about to finalize the program. It’s always a very popular session and provides an insight into what’s been happening in the field of 3-D content production from artists all around the world.

Here’s a teaser of what you will see:

  • Inside the Dome (Australia)
  • Geopark 3-D Teaser (Brazil)
  • Aliens Dancing Sirtaki (Canada)
  • City Kay Live in Printemps de Bourges (France)
  • Amour Fou 3-D (Germany)
  • Magic Field 3-D (Japan)
  • Carta de la Muerta a Frida (Mexico)
  • DNA of Angel (Russia)
  • Happy When It Rains (UK)
  • We Built a Ship (US)
  • and much more!

The abstracts for the two keynote presentations are available online:
Key 1 | Key 2

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Stereoscopic Displays and Applications 2015 Conference Videos Available Online

SD&A LogoThe 2015 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) conference organizers are pleased to announce the availability of more than seven hours of presentation videos from the conference held during February 2015. These videos are available via a YouTube special playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoksP178KYM5jBgAeOZtarUed904swe3c

The SD&A conference is the largest and longest running technical conference dedicated to stereoscopic imaging topics, and is held annually as part of the Electronic Imaging (EI) Symposium www.electronicimaging.org This year’s video selection includes Ian Bickerstaff from Sony Computer Entertainment discussing VR techniques, which will be important for the new VR systems, Prof. Jenny Read from Newcastle University discussing her ground-breaking work analyzing praying mantis stereoscopic vision, EI plenary Alyosha Efros explaining what makes big visual data hard, plus a wide selection of SD&A topics including autostereoscopic displays, stereoscopic games, stereoscopic perception, and much more. In addition, the links to both videos and manuscripts for most presentations are available online: http://www.stereoscopic.org/2015/program.html

The availability of presentation videos is made possible with the support of our conference projection sponsors: DepthQ 3D, Christie, and Tekamaki. We also thank the authors for granting permission to allow their presentations to be viewed online and for contributing to the greater knowledge of stereoscopic 3-D imaging.

Full list of Presentation Videos

  • Ian Bickerstaff - A Stereoscope for the PlayStation Generation
  • Mei Zhang - A novel optical design for light field acquisition using camera array
  • Jonathan H. Purdy - Interactive stereo games to improve vision in children with amblyopia
  • Steve Mason - Visual perception and stereoscopic imaging: an artist's perspective
  • Hayward J. Godwin - Assessing the benefits of stereoscopic displays to visual search
  • Xuan Cao - Load-balancing multi-LCD light field display
  • Zhaoxing Zhang - Integration of real-time 3-D capture, reconstruction, and light-field display
  • Jenny C. A. Read - What is stereoscopic vision good for?
  • Johanna Rousson - Subjective contrast sensitivity function assessment
  • Darya Khaustova - An objective method for 3-D quality prediction
  • Takashi Kawai - Disparity modification in stereoscopic images for emotional enhancement
  • Brittney A. Hartle - Preference for motion and depth in 3-D film
  • Zahir Y. Alpaslan - Depth assisted compression of full parallax light fields
  • Bo Yu - A 3-D mosaic algorithm using disparity map
  • Munkh-Uchral Erdenebat - Real object-based 360 degree integral-floating display
  • Jungho Kim - Evaluation of vision training using 3-D play game
  • Sanghyun Kim - Partially converted stereoscopic images and the effects on visual attention

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12th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival Announces Winners

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3-D SPACE, Stereo Sisters, and the LA 3-D Club are pleased to announce the winners of The 12th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival. The festival’s mission is to showcase the best independent stereoscopic 3-D filmmaking from around the world. This year’s fest took place on Dec 12 and 13, 2015 at the Downtown Independent theater in Los Angeles. The festival featured more than 30 independent 3-D short films, 14 student produced films, 5 stereoscopic feature motion pictures, including the world theatrical premiere of the 3-D Film Archive’s digital restoration of 1954 war drama Dragonfly Squadron, an Emerging Technologies and Virtual Reality showcase, and the 56th Hollywood International Exhibition of Stereoscopic Photography.

Awards were announced at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Dec 13, by LA 3-D Movie Festival director and 3-D SPACE executive director Eric Kurland, Stereo Sisters founder Shannon Benna, and LA 3-D Club president Shyam Kannapurakkaran. Top films were selected by audience ballot and by special jury. Award winners were presented with the traditional Ro-Man trophy of the LA 3-D Movie Festival, Stereo Sisters’ Golden Mirror Trophy and an assortment of valuable prizes from festival sponsors Sony Creative Software and The London Stereoscopic Company.

The Best 3-D Feature Award winner was IM KRIEG (Inside the War) written and directed by Nikolai Vialkowitsch. This German production used a treasure trove of more than 20,000 photographs taken during WWI and unpublished for decades, to provide the basis for this historical documentary, which brings to the screen for the first time ever these 3-D pictures. These striking images are merged with quotes taken from diaries and letters telling of love and hate, brutal killing and deep friendship.

The Best 3-D Short Award went to Carta de la Muerte a Frida (A Letter For Frida From
, directed by Ana Leticia Reyes and co-directed by Diego Sandoval Espinoza. This short film from Mexico is an illustrated poem that evokes the relationship of Death in the life of Frida Kahlo, the well-known Mexican artist (1907-1954) who lived a very dramatic life because of an accident she suffered in her youth. Death was always present in her thoughts and paintings, and this film illustrates the Mexican traditions she passionately embraced.

Valor Cat by Ben Reicher was the recipient of this year’s Ray Zone Award for Excellence.

To see photos visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/53924385@N07/?

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Auction Results

Slave pen stereoview

A War for the Union stereoview sold for $312.99 with eight bids. The stereoview is numbered 2296 originally published by E. & H.T. Anthony, photographed by Mathew Brady. Titled "Slave Pen, Alexandria Virginia". Scene shows white and black union soldiers guarding the once, Price & Birch Co. Slave Dealers building being used as a confederate prison. Notice the photographer's wagon parked in front. Description on back

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