The Peep Show Tradition

Ray Zone

in Stereoscopic Cinema & the Origins of 3-D Film, 1838–1952

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124612
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134796 | DOI:
The Peep Show Tradition

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This chapter discusses peep shows, which were a common form of entertainment to be found at fairgrounds and on European streets. It describes how a peep show works, which is composed of 2-D images. 3-D is then added by means of perspective, transmitted or reflected light, and special lenses. It also looks at vision, the fundamental principle behind movies, and the development of peep shows from William Thomas Shaw's 3-D peep shows to the stereo Phenakistoscope of Charles Wheatstone.

Keywords: peep shows; 2-D images; 3-D peep shows; vision; movies; William Thomas Shaw; stereo Phenakistoscope; Charles Wheatstone

Chapter.  4735 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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