Les Diableries: 19th century sterescopic photographs
Ruth Kitchin, Associate Curator, National Media Museum
Later this week, Brian May (yes, that one) and co-authors Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming are releasing a book about a fascinating and unusual series of stereo photographs, which were something of a phenomenon in 19th century France, and bear the wonderful name ‘Diableries’.
The Diableries, which translates roughly as ‘Devilments’, show the riotous goings-on in Hell, presided over by the Devil himself, and peopled with a lively cast of skeletons, demons and ghouls.
The Diableries were hand-coloured on the reverse, which only becomes apparent when they are back-lit, as the scene transforms from day to night and the colours suddenly burst into life. As a finishing touch, the eyes of the skeletons and other creatures were pierced and dabbed with coloured gelatin, causing them to glow red in a most striking and macabre fashion.
For more Diableries and a little on their history, visit the National Media Museum blog, and the London Steroscopic Society website.
Posted 2 months ago on Monday, 7th October 2013