Annoucements/NYSS News Archives

January 1, 1997

About the NYSS

The New York Stereoscopic Society was founded in 1997 to promote the art and practice of 3D imaging. Quarterly meetings held at the American Museum of Natural History give photographers, collectors, historians, and general enthusiasts an opportunity to learn more about creating and understanding 3D images. Postal mailings and email reminders keep members informed of the agenda and give notice of other venues for enjoying 3D in the New York area.

Meetings provide a place to see and discuss the work being done by fellow New Yorkers, as well as a forum for guest speakers. Most meetings feature polarized projection of a 3D slide show. Members are occasionally invited to 3D film screenings and exhibitions of related material.

All 3D techniques are germane to the discussion: stereoscopic photography in all formats and sizes, lenticular and barrier prints, polarized printing and projection, Pulfrich video, anaglyph printing, interlaced computer images, historical publishing, filmmaking, and professional applications in medicine, sports and museology are topics that have been covered in past meetings or are planned for the future.

Member Salons offer the opportunity to present samplings of personal works-in-progress that might not fit in the context of a formal presentation. Meetings and email announcements spotlight current uses of 3D imaging in popular media.

The New York Stereoscopic Society attracts some of the most thoughtful and creative people active in the field. If you make 3D images or simply enjoy the magic, you are encouraged to join our growing organization.

If you have questions or comments, please contact us at


Alfred Hitchcock poses for a publicity shot with an over-sized prop phone used in the filming of "Dial M for Murder" (1954) considered by many to be the best 3D movie ever made.

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February 2, 1997

NYSS Membership

To Join or Renew your membership you may send $25 via Paypal to

OR you may make a check payable to the New York Stereoscopic Society and mail to:

New York Stereoscopic Society
P.O. Box 250567
New York, NY 10025

$25 for 2011 membership

Download Membership Form PDF here

Your annual membership supports a forum for 3D imaging in New York City. Members receive advance notice of quarterly meetings, and occasional email updates about events, exhibitions, publications and items of interest. Special invitations to exhibitions and film screenings are sometimes added to the agenda.

In 1999 the US Postal Service released this stamp as part of their Celebrate the Century series.

This text is on the reverse: "Responding to the growing popularity of TV, film studios began producing 3-D movies. Wearing glasses with gray Polaroid ® lenses, viewers were startled by images that leapt off the screen."

March 2, 1997

NYSS Links

Chun Siang Chen, M.D, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Jim Campbell – Three Dimensional Photography

updated 8/11/09

December 17, 1997

Organizational Letter

The New York Stereoscopic Society
c/o American Museum of Natural History,
Central Park West at 79th Street, NY, NY 10024

December 17, 1997

Stereo Friends,

The September 19 inaugural meeting of the New York Stereoscopic Society was a big success, with approximately 100 people in the audience and many others sending regrets because of prior engagements. Those attending ranged from the old hands who have worked with stereo imaging for years to some absolute neophytes who were introduced to their very first stereo projection. Forty-seven profile sheets were returned by people interested in participating in the Society.

Now it’s time to get a little more serious about forming the organization. The 1998 membership year will have 3 meetings, held at the AMNH in Winter, Spring and Fall. Dues will be necessary to pay for the meeting space, printing and mailing costs. Based on the turnout in September, we’ve set a membership goal of 50, which means that individual dues of $15 will raise the necessary funds for the 3 meetings. So you see how important every member will be.

The January 10 meeting is shaping up to be another exciting 3D event. We”ve been very fortunate to get Les Fisher of the World Circumnavigators Society to give us his “Glimpse of Tibet,” and Jon Golden of RBT will share “Black and White, Then and Now” along with some news about RBT products. The newly renovated Linder Theater should provide a comfortable setting for informal show-and-tell during intermission, similar to the first meeting. We have rented a 6 foot silver screen for the evening.

Please take a moment now to send in your dues. As a charter member, you will have the satisfaction of supporting an organization that will explore a rich but underused media. Additionally, you will receive:

• advance mailed notice of each meeting
• a directory of fellow members
• announcements of related events in the area
• a voice in planning meetings
• peace and happiness through stereo understanding.

Thanks for your interest. I look forward to welcoming you to the New York Stereoscopic Society, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for January 10.

Greg Dinkins
New York Stereoscopic Society
c/o American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, New York 10024

Phone 212-769-5658

October 5, 1998

News of October, 1998

October 5, 1998
Sound equipment

NYSS member Jim Harp has offered the long-term loan of sound equipment for meetings. The kit includes microphones, speakers, amplifier and mixing board. This will alleviate a major headache and expense. We hope to have everything in place for the October 23 meeting so no one will miss a single 3D sound bite.

Silver Screen for NYSS

Former New York stereo artist Joy Aubrey has graciously delivered to us a 6x9 fold-fast silver screen. Joy is known to many of you for her 1980’s touring production, "The 3D Show." We’re cleaning and testing the screen this week.

Stereo Fiesta

On September 18, Tom Deering organized a dinner for stereoactive New Yorkers. It was so much fun that he’s planning to do it again on Friday, October 30 at the same place, La Cocina Restaurant, 217 West 85th Street. All NYSS members are welcome for casual socializing and stereo viewing.

3D at OCCC

NYSS member Stuart Stiles is organizing the third annual 3D festival at Orange County Community College on November 18. The all-day exhibition and workshops feature student projects and two 3D slide presentations by Jon Golden in the Orange Hall Theater at 2pm and 7pm. Many of you saw Professor Stiles’ impressive publication Saratoga Springs at our Summer meeting. For more information email, or phone (914) 341-4366.

Stereo Art in Brooklyn

NYSS member Pat Courtney will show her Viewmaster and lenticular art in a group show called OFFBEAT – Humor in Life and Art at the eyewash gallery, 143 North Seventh Street, Third Floor, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY (Bedford Stop on the L train). The show runs October 18-November 22, hours 1-6 Saturday and Sunday and by appointment. For more information call 718-387-2714.

January 15, 2001

This Collection Comes from Another Dimension

The Record, Tuesday, August 24, 2004
by Scott Fallon, Staff Writer

Navigating Sheldon Aronowitz's two-bedroom apartment in Teaneck is similar to the scientists exploring the Amazon in the 3-D classic Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Danger can be found anywhere, from the pop-culture memorabilia piled precariously high against the walls, to the narrow aisles made from cardboard boxes heaped upon one another.

And while a green, amphibious monster is not going to jump out at you, there will be plenty of pictures and posters honoring the beast in those boxes you'll be tripping over.

Here on Lozier Place exists arguably the largest collection of 3-D images and souvenirs in the world.

Aronowitz has amassed 200,000 lenticulars (those multi-layered plastic images that seem animated), 50,000 View-Master reels, 1,000 View-Master viewers, 3,000 pop-up books, and 300 3-D cameras over the last 30 years. The collection is spread out in the 55-year-old social worker's apartment, four nearby garages, and his ex-wife's attic.

Yes, his obsession with 3-D helped end his 15-year marriage but did not sour the relationship. Aronowitz photographed his ex-wife's second wedding two years ago and gave her 12 View-Master reels of the ceremony and reception as a present.

"They both loved it," he said matter-of-factly on a recent afternoon. "We're still good friends. And she keeps a lot of my collection."

Aronowitz's uber-hobby is fairly unique, especially since the public's fascination with 3-D hit its peak a half-century ago.

But there are still loyal devotees. The National Stereoscopic Association boasts 3,000 members and has held an annual convention for more than two decades. IMAX films have helped revive interest in 3D in the last decade by showing movies on screens up to eight stories high. Among it all is Aronowitz, who is considered a bit of a celebrity in the 3D circuit.

"He knows what everybody has and what everybody has done," said Greg Dinkins, director of the New York Stereoscopic Society. "There are just a handful of people who know what he knows."

Aronowitz arrived on the scene about 15 years late. Three-D became very popular in the 1950s when Hollywood embraced the technology. Dozens of 3-D films were produced, including Hitchcock's revered Dial M for Murder.

But most were poorly made science fiction thrillers that didn't last long in theaters. Movie studios capitalized on the fad by churning out films as quickly as possible despite holes in the script and consistent B-level talent.

When Aronowitz graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1971, he knew little about 3-D other than the flicks he had seen as a kid.

Aronowitz had trouble finding a job in social work and instead took portraits of newborns for an East Orange photo studio. While rummaging through one of the studio's closets one day, he found 25 3-D cameras.

"They said they were a fad in the Fifties and were just collecting dust," Aronowitz said.

He kept a couple of cameras and started shooting pictures of his family. Soon he was out at flea markets and antique shows every weekend scooping up anything and everything to do with 3-D.

His collection includes two-dimensional posters celebrating 3-D movies such as House of Wax. A centerpiece in his living room is a century-old Taxiphote - a device similar to a nickelodeon that views still 3-D pictures. He even has a toy-store rack of unopened View-Masters and reels of everything from Tweety Bird to Indiana Jones, Graceland, the Eiffel Tower, the space shuttle, and Tarzan.

Some reels that may be considered yawn-inducing such as Girl Scouts Serve Their Country or JFK Visits Ireland are worth hundreds of dollars. His most prized possession is an "All in the Family" television show reel, of which only one other is known to exist in the world. It's worth $1,000, Aronowitz said.

As he did throughout his 25 years as a caseworker and supervisor with the state Division of Youth and Family Services, Aronowitz still attempts to break the ice with troubled children by letting them borrow a View-Master at the Newark group home where he works. "It's a way to reach them," he said. "It seems to work more often than not."

Aronowitz also has made a side business with his 3-D photography.

He takes most of his pictures with two 35mm cameras he rigged together to shoot at the same time. He sends his film to View-Master, which mass-produces his photos on reels such as his work at Times Square on New Years Eve 1999.

"There's a lot of talk about the collector's versus the photographers," Dinkins said. "Sheldon is the greatest example of both. That's the influence of seeing a lot of good stuff and a lot of bad stuff."

In 2003, Aronowitz and a friend, Gary Schacker, were able to take 3-D photos of the 29 abandoned buildings on Ellis Island. It took 10 days to shoot the former hospitals and isolation wards that are barred from the public because of their decay.

The program won a first-place award at the National Stereoscopic Association in July.

"They took copious amounts of images and they're all gorgeous," said Diane Rulien, director of the 3-D Center of Art and Photography in Portland, Ore., which will showcase the Ellis Island photos in early 2005. "It has universal appeal. The show is very poignant because it switches from the old images to the ramshackle ones of today."

Remarkably, Aronowitz has not cataloged his collection. He claims he knows nearly every piece he has. "It may take me awhile to find it because I have to go through boxes, but I know I have it," he said.

"Is there a chance a guy in Arkansas in a hut has more? Possibly. But of all the known collectors, I know I have the largest collection."

Aronowitz was hit with bad news recently when he learned of the impending closure of the Fair Lawn Kodak plant. He had been getting his View-Master film developed there for years.

"I'm not sure what I'm going to do," he said. "There's no way I'm sending my film in the mail. I have to deliver it myself. It's too valuable."


The most basic 3-D image works when two identical flat images are viewed from two slightly different angles using a lens. The right eye sees the right image. The left eye sees the left image. The brain interprets the image from both eyes as depth. Below are some common 3-D terms:

Anaglyph glasses: The traditional cardboard red-and-blue lenses used to view black-and-white 3-D movies, comics, and images. The two images are printed on top of each other, but offset. To the naked eye, the image looks blurry, but when the glasses are worn the image is clear and has depth.

Hologram: A 3-D photographic image made with a reflected laser beam on film. It has a variety of uses including security measures on credit cards.

Lenticular: A multi-layered image merged into one layer with a special lens over the image. When moved in a particular direction, the image appears animated and three-dimensional. Used on everything from postcards to comic book covers to religious icons.

Polarized glasses: Used primarily at IMAX films and 3-D laser shows, these silver lenses are cut at a 45-degree angle to show depth in two- dimensional images.

Stereoscopic: Any 3-D format.

Stereo Realist: A very popular 3-D camera introduced in the late 1940s.

Sources: The Optometrists Network, Webster's New Riverside Dictionary, and Sheldon Aronowitz

February 8, 2008

Winter NY Stereo Society Meeting

Thursday, February 21, 7pm
Kaufmann Auditorium, American Museum of Natural History
use the 77th street entrance

Highway USA (and us)

Just over 10 years ago, we presented this classic show at the organizational meeting of the NY Stereo Society. It was produced by the Barber-Greene paving company in 1948, with narration by Paul Harvey, and shown around the country at fairs and civic meetings to pitch the idea that building highways is a good thing. It seems to have been a success.

Members are invited to respond to this ode to the open road in America with your own postcard-like pictures of natural parks, urban wonders, pretty girls and cars. Drop a note to info (at) ny3d dot org so we can plan for your Realist-format slides. Vintage collections and your own work are welcome. After the show we'll migrate to some nearby establishment for anniversary libations.


This Realist-format conversion of the original Kodachrome plates is shown courtesy of the National Stereoscopic Association.

February 21, 2008

Upcoming Events of the New York Stereoscopic Society

Mid-March a special event is being planned; tentative date is Wednesday, March 12. Look for an announcement on the site and an email broadcast to NYSS members.

Preservation Dialog – From Stewart Wetlands to the Ocean
Saturday, April 12, 2:00 pm
Kaufmann Auditorium, American Museum of Natural History

NYSS members Lynn Butler and Ed Jameson have put together two shows that resonate with the Museum's current exhibition, H2O = Life. Lynn's atmospheric images were inspired by her walks in the Stewart Wetlands near Newburgh, New York. Water filtered through those wetlands ends up in the ocean, where Ed has been making 3D images for many years. Our special guests will be members of SPARC, the coalition that lobbied successfully to save the wetlands, which are now a part of Stewart State Forest.

The 3D Comics event is brewing for late May or early June. Some wonderful ideas have been discussed.

Boris Starosta has offered to present Reis's Pieces, his 3D picture story about the work and the workplace of glass artist Christopher Reis. This will probably happen late summer or early fall, 2008.

Demand is growing for a Workshop on Digital Stereo, with interest in shooting digitally, scanning film, and projecting.

Please let us know if you can help organize or participate in any of these events. Contact us via email at info (at)

February 22, 2008

Be Kind Rewind Film Club - 3D Chapter!


Deitch Projects invites New York Stereoscopic Society members to shoot 3D images in their interactive exhibition Be Kind Rewind, on view through March 22. The installation includes a recreation of the video store and "back lot" that are featured in the new Michel Gondry film Be Kind Rewind. Make a reservation, and you and a crew of up to 5 people can use the sets, props and costumes that are available to make your own short film or picture story.

About the project, Gondry states, “I don’t intend nor have the pretension to teach how to make films. Quite the contrary. I intend to prove that people can enjoy their time without being part of the commercial system and serving it. Ultimately, I am hoping to create a network of creativity and communication that is guaranteed to be free and independent from any commercial institution.”

More details about the film club are here. When you make your reservation, be sure to mention that you are from the Stereoscopic Society, as they invited us to participate and are eager to see 3D interpretations of the work.

April 10, 2008

Our next event. . .Saturday, April 12, 2:00 pm Preservation Dialog – From Stewart Wetlands to the Ocean

Preservation Dialog – From Stewart Wetlands to the Ocean
Saturday, April 12, 2:00 pm

Kaufmann Auditorium,
American Museum of Natural History

NYSS members Lynn Butler and Ed Jameson have put together two shows that resonate with the Museum's current exhibition, Water = Life.

Click on image for larger view

Lynn's atmospheric images were inspired by her walks in the Stewart wetlands near Newburgh, New York. Water filtered through those wetlands ends up in the ocean, where Ed has been making 3D images for many years.

Click on image for larger view

Stereoscopic photographer Ed Jameson will show images created on his many dives, where he has become familiar with numerous individual animals in the underwater environment. Like Chester, seen here above. An exceptional underwater photographer, Ed will discuss the unique technological challenges inherent to his media.

Our special guests will be members of SPARC, Stewart Park and Reserve Coalition, the group that lobbied successfully to save the wetlands, which are now a part of Stewart State Forest.

September 12, 2008

Fall 2008 Event -- Fables and Fantasies

Wednesday September 24, 7pm, Kaufmann Auditorium, American Museum of Natural History
Please use the 77th Street entrance between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.


Our guest is Los Angeles artist Claudia Kunin, presenting two different series of 3D images: Ghost Stories, derived from 19th century photography, and Holy Ghost Stories, original photography inspired by biblical and classical themes. NYSS members projection follows, including digital video experiments from the 2008 Mermaid Parade, a sample of work from the most recent Burning Man event, and a surprise. Free and open to the public.

(Stay tuned for more info about our 3D Comics Extravaganza in mid-November)

November 10, 2008

3D Comics Night - Fall 08 Event

The long awaited, much anticipated
New York Stereoscopic Society 3D Comics Night
Wednesday, November 19, 7 pm
Haft Auditorium, Fashion Institute of Technology
Enter C Building Lobby on 27th street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Free and open to the public


Michael Kupperman -- Hercules vs. Zeus
Kim Deitch -- It's 4D!
R. Sikoryak -- The Lost Treasure of the 3D!
Jason Little -- The Abduction Announcement
Jerry Marks and Joe Pedoto -- 3D Comics and Moral Corruption
Mick Andreano -- Splash page and house ad restorations

3D Bake Sale and other fundraising for next year's programs. Some Neat 3D Stuff has been donated for this effort.

February 1, 2009

Mermaid Parade in 3D


New York Stereoscopic Society members Bill Meredith and E. James Smith present their high definition 3D video shot at last year's Mermaid Parade. The first draft of their short film was shown at our September 2008 meeting. The video and accompanying slide shows by other NYSS members will be shown repeatedly during the two hour event. The bar is open as usual, so you can enjoy a refreshing beverage while recalling the hot and wild days of summer.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Kettle of Fish
59 Christopher Street

March 9, 2009

Stereoscopic Garden Party - Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday, March 22, 2009
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Stereoscopic Garden Party


The Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District will be hosting a fundraising event featuring high-definition 3D photographs of last year’s Garden Walk. The photographs are the work of our own Greg Dinkins, president of the New York Stereoscopic Society.

For more information about Greg's "Backyard Gardens in Stereo" project, please see:

Wine, hors d’oeuvres and music.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event.

NOTE: Admission is FREE to NYSS members who have paid their 2009 dues.

Tickets are also available online at:

The Irondale Center
85 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

View Map

Phone: 718-488-9233

October 23, 2009

Open Projection for Members October 29, 2009


7pm, Thursday October 29, 2009
Kaufmann Auditorium, American Museum of Natural History
Use the 77th street entrance between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

Please join us for an open projection evening. Stereo Society members will show samples of recent work or gems from their collections. This is not a competition and all members are encouraged to participate. Experiments are welcome. We'll have polarized digital and Realist format projection. Please let us know as soon as possible what you would like to project and plan to have your digital files submitted by October 26. Contact us for more information. You are also welcome to bring lenticulars or images in viewers to share after the projections.

Vintage poster courtesy Sheldon Aronowitz.

April 10, 2010

3D Shorts at the Kettle of Fish


E. James Smith and Bill Meredith present their newest 3D movies for the New York Stereo Society on Wednesday April 14 at 7:30pm.

Continuing their series of short documentary vignettes on New York City topics, the stereo pair of filmmakers have turned their attention to The Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and a Return to the 1964 World's Fair. The two new movies will be shown in rotation along with their 2009 favorite, Mermaid Parade in 3D.

This is the third year that Smith and Meredith have organized an evening for the Stereo Society at the legendary Kettle of Fish in Greenwich Village. The bar will be open for business, so you can enjoy a refreshing beverage in the company of stereoscopic creators and watch these entertaining and informative short films.

Wednesday, April 14
Kettle of Fish
59 Christopher Street, New York City

beginning at 7:30, the 3 short movies will be repeated until 9:30.

June 28, 2010

Larry Miller 1953-2010


New York Stereoscopic Society member Larry Miller passed away recently. You may remember his 1999 presentation The Color of Nature. Lynn Butler is preparing a memorial show of Larry's beautiful western landscapes:

"Larry Miller gave inspiration to others by the way he led his life. He loved life, friends and photography, never letting adversities overcome him. After living through two kidney rejections and being on dialysis, he took trips to the mountains and deserts alone to photograph. He would find hospitals in the state to go to his dialysis treatments in-between his work. We will be showing his photography at a future event of the NY Stereoscopic Society for all to share in his breathtaking images." - Lynn Butler

July 7, 2010

A Village Lost and Found


An evening with Brian May and Elena Vidal
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Friday July 23, 6:00 pm

Brian May and Elena Vidal will bring to New York their narrated 3D slide presentation of A Village Lost and Found. Drawing from their exhaustive research into the work methods of Victorian stereographer T.R. Williams, Brian and Elena will share with us scenes from daily life in an Oxfordshire village in the 1850s. These are among the very first photographs to document everyday life in a natural setting. Some images are accompanied by recent stereographs made by Mr. May from the same viewpoint as the Williams originals. The images were digitally restored and are exquisitely reproduced in their book published in 2009 by Frances Lincoln.

A special presentation of this talk at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been made possible in cooperation with the New York Stereoscopic Society. A limited number of tickets to the event are available to Stereo Society members. Please email your reservation request to:

If you have not paid dues for 2010, you can Paypal $25 to

Checks can also be mailed to:

New York Stereoscopic Society
P. O. Box 250567
New York, NY 10025

A PDF Membership form is available here.

Stay tuned for more great Stereo Society programs in conjunction with the Film Forum's Classic 3D Festival in August (download a PDF of the schedule here) and our 2010 members projection event in October.

July 30, 2010

A Village Lost and Found – A Success


The July 23rd presentation by Brian May and Elena Vidal of A Village Lost and Found was one of the finest shows of stereoscopic imagery and historic research I've ever attended.

The same warm and friendly tone that is found in the book was very much in evidence from the stage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Brian May, accustomed to facing large audiences in his 'day job' (as guitarist and songwriter for Queen) brought his considerable intelligence and charm to bear in equal measure as he explained his lifelong fascination with stereoscopic imagery and his particular interest in the work of the early stereo photographer, T.R. Williams.

The book he produced with co-author and photography conservator Elena Vidal is a landmark for stereo-centric publications, even though it can be thoroughly enjoyed by a reader uninterested in 3D. All of T.R. Williams original images are presented as full page, 2D reproductions, with smaller, 3D stereo pairs on facing pages.

Check out the book here at Amazon and at the London Stereoscopic Company site.

Here are links to two articles that will give you more detail about the book and the subsequent book tour; from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Jesse Kornbluth's piece on There's also a London Stereocopic Company page that features coverage of the US book tour, here.

September 9, 2010

NYSS at Maker Faire


The Maker Faire will come to New York September 25 and 26 at the Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows. For the past 4 years, New York Stereo Society friend Eric Kurland has curated a 3DIY booth at the Maker Faire events in California. For this New York inaugural, several of our members will be sharing their camera rigs, viewing devices, animation techniques, and editing process. Eric will be doing some 3D experiments on site with his TX1 rig, and projecting some wonderful videos.

Maker Faire will be full of opportunities for 3D photography. Tickets here.


Hold the Date: October 28 members open projection. 7pm Kaufmann Auditorium.

October 9, 2010

Stereoscopic Open


Thursday, October 28, 7pm
Kaufmann Auditorium, American Museum of Natural History
Please use the 77th street entrance

Our annual open projection event is coming soon. Parallel 2XGA files (2048x768 pixels) will be accepted through October 25 for polarized projection. There are already some wonderful submissions. Please let us know immediately if you want to project film slides or any other digital format. 3D images in viewers and hand held displays are welcome for sharing before and after the projections.

November 12, 2010

Looking Glass Through History, with Barbara Mathe


CORRECTION: The original lantern slides will be shown using the Museum's vintage projector.

Looking Glass Through History
Margaret Mead Film Festival, Saturday, November 13, 1:30pm
(co-presented with the NY Stereoscopic Society and the International Center of Photography)
Kaufmann Auditorium, American Museum of Natural History

NY Stereoscopic Society member Barbara Mathe will present Looking Glass Through History as part of this year's Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History. Barbara is librarian and archivist at the Museum. She was instrumental in cataloging and bringing to light the long-forgotten stereoviews made during the Museum's Lang-Chapin Congo Expedition of 1909-1915. Recently, her attention has turned to the lantern slide collection begun by the Museum's founder, Albert Bickmore. The lantern slides were the basis of a popular 19th-century lecture series at the Museum, and were later circulated in the New York City school system.

Barbara's talk will include xxxxxxx projections (2D) of a variety of the slides, including pictures of scientific specimens, Museum scientists on field expeditions, and landscape studies. She will also tell us the story of over 20,000 slides that were lost from the collection and only recently recovered from a basement in Staten Island. Historians Constance Areson Clarke and Alison Griffiths will add perspectives on the wider history of lantern slides and educational media.

Advance tickets for the Festival events are available New York Stereoscopic Society members may purchase tickets at the discounted price of $10 by phoning the Museum's Central Reservations office at 212-769-5200.

February 9, 2011

Winter meeting, February 11, 7pm


Friday, February 11, 7pm
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue at 70th street
RSVP to to reserve your seat at this event.

Program is a selection of works by members and friends.
30 minutes of 3D projection plus a break for viewing and visiting.

TIME TO RENEW: Annual membership in the New York Stereoscopic Society is just $25 for 2011. You can renew via paypal ( or send an old fashioned paper check to:

NY Stereoscopic Society
PO Box 250567
New York, New York 10025

May 11, 2011

Special Guest Robert Bloomberg


Lost Temples of Angkor plus two 3D shorts from Robert Bloomberg
Saturday May 21, 3pm, The Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue

Please join us for a stereoscopic afternoon of polarized projection with 3D photographer and producer Robert Bloomberg. The program is perfect for our host location at the Asia Society. The feature show will be "Lost Temples of Angkor," a 30 minute presentation of photographic and cultural studies undertaken in several visits to Cambodia in the past 10 years. The show is co-authored by Marilyn Freund.

"A thousand years ago the great Khmer civilization arose in the jungles of Cambodia and came to dominate all of Southeast Asia. The magnificent architecture and exquisite sculpture of its temples illustrate the myths, religions and history of this remarkable culture. The ruins are now a World Heritage Site, and include Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure in the world."

The event will begin with Bob's amusing "Frogs and Friends" 3D show (7 minutes).

"Frogs as you've never seen them before, with stereo macro cameras providing stunning close-up detail. This show features some of the world's most colorful creatures--from the tiny jewel-like golden mantella to the giant, cannibalistic Argentine horned frog. The "friends" range from a shy chameleon to a friendly whale."

We will also be treated to the New York premiere of "Wish You Were Here: Postcards from Somewhere Else." This 9 minute gem reflects on Bob and Marilyn's years as consummate travelers in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

All 3 shows feature original music scores composed and performed by Robert Bloomberg.

Between shows we will have a reception to meet Bob and Marilyn and discuss 3D work with fellow members of the society. Refreshments will be served.

Bob Bloomberg has been recognized twice by the National Stereoscopic Association with the prestigious Paul Wing Award. He is regional director of the NSA for Northern California and served as theater director for the legendary 2000 NSA convention in Riverside, CA. (the first ever 3D Swim-In!)

Admission to the event is free, but reservations are required. Please RSVP to by May 17.

July 24, 2011

NYSS Member Sheldon Aronowitz reports on NSA Convention 2011


I have attended the past 29 NSA Conventions and every year, after the convention, I think the same thing: "Next year's convention will have a tough time surpassing this one!" Funny thing, every year I am wrong! The conventions keep getting better and better and this one was no exception - absolutely SUPER!

This convention in Loveland, Colorado kicked off on Monday with room hopping and ended the following Monday with a full day trip to the Rocky Mountains.

The Convention Hotel was magnificent, a perfect hotel for the NSA convention, an Atrium hotel allowing the attendees, at a glance, to look around the inner circumference and immediately see which doors were open for room hopping. In addition, every room was a suite allowing extra room for the dealers to display their goods or allowing 3 to a room to reduce costs - or both.

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The New York Stereoscopic Society was represented by Ronald Gold and Carol Super, the NSA VPs for Development, Mark Golebiowski, whose show "A Photo-Optical Record of Physical Phenomena Related to Time, Decay, and Death, Part 2" was very well received and myself, repeating the requested "Ellis Island - Island of Hope - Island of Tears" which I produced with Gary Schacker. Gary recently revised and enhanced the show.

Carol Gold won one of the more than 15 Fuji W3 cameras which were given away at every sitting of the Stereo Theatre, at the Awards Banquet, on bus trips, etc. The Fuji Representative was most generous in this regard and most appreciative of the NSA members contribution to the success of this camera. He was very optimistic for the future of Fuji's 3D products but was not allowed to elaborate on new plans or developments.

The Stereo Theatre was the largest ever - with over 130 3D shows in Cinematography, Stills, CGI, Special Effects, Historical, Screenplays, and even a full length film "Dark Country 3D." The shows ranged from a few minutes or less to 20-25 minutes - both amateur and professional.

A little juggling of one's schedule had to be done in order not to miss any films, and I was able to see most but not all. "Dark Country" was an amazing "noir" type film and Ray Zone was the 3D supervisor. Ray had a presentation after the showing of the film where he showed 3D clips and explained how the 3D effects were accomplished, the 3D challenges of making the film, etc. - super enlightening and interesting and a first for the NSA Stereo Theatre.

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The winner of the Paul Wing Award for best overall show was "Diary of a Fridge" - which had its USA Premiere at the BeFilm Film Festival in New York City - where NYSS member Dimitri Athos serves as Program Director.

There were workshops covering every aspect of 3D photography, including topics such as Stereo Photo Maker, Fuji W3 adaptors, 2D to 3D conversions, 3D video editing, Phantograms, turning your PC into a 3D PC, 3D Macros, Hypers, Anaglyphs, Exhibition of 3D work, ProShow, HDRI, projection, etc. There were 2 workshops in every time slot, so you had to choose the ones which interested you most. There was no way around this with the amount of workshops and other events - unless the convention days were extended.

The trade show provided the opportunity to look at and/or purchase vintage 3D collectibles, modern 3D collectibles, new 3D digital products, 3D books, 3D cameras, anaglyphs and phantograms, rare stereo cards, the last of the stereojets, etc.

There was an array of "Special Interest Groups" meetings such as a roundtable meeting for lenticular enthusiasts, Vintage Stereo Slide Group, Medium Format group, View Master Collectors group where Peter Sinclair projected images from his 4 new artistic conversion Viewmaster sets of Norman Rockwell, Renoir, Homer, Vintage Nudes, etc.

Susan Pinsky and David Starkman were honored at the Awards Banquet as the keynote speakers. I am sure Susan and David are long-time members and supports of the New York Stereo Society. Other notable speakers were Rob Engle of Sony Pictures. Mr. Engle was the supervisor of the 3D adaption of "Polar Express" and some of his other projects include "Beowulf", "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs", "G-Force", The Green Hornet, "Pirates of the Caribbean", as well as numerous other 3D films. His speech was very informative.

Most entertaining was Charles Phoenix presenting his "3rd Dimension Show". Mr. Phoenix is a professional entertainer and his appearance at the convention was sponsored by Fuji Film. His performance is a one of a kind comedy 3D slide show. He is a frequent entertainer in Las Vegas and was recently on the Conan O'Brian show. If you are not familiar with Charles Phoenix, author, tour guide, and pop-culture humorist, his show consists of slide projection of vintage slides (3D slides in this presentation - mostly from the collection of Susan Pinsky and David Starkman) and he comments on the images in a highly original and humorous take on American life and style.


The trips this year were first rate, including tours of bronze art castings gardens, Sculpture Gardens, Greely Freight Station Museum, New Belgium and Anheusur Busch Breweries, Lakeside Amusement Park hosted by Charles Phoenix, this ArtDeco park is celebrating its 103rd year and all the rides are a throwback to your childhood - no photography ever allowed - except for the exception given the NSA members on the tour, and, of course, Rocky Mountain National Park.


There were many more events and activities which you will be reading about in the upcoming issues of Stereo World magazine. Now is the time to join the NSA if you are not already a member. Plans are already underway for next year's convention in Costa Mesa, California July 25-30th, 2012.

My only disappointment was that so few New York Stereo Society members were at the convention. Let's change this and have a good showing in Costa Mesa.


– Sheldon Aronowitz


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