Right now, the leadership of the Brooklyn Stereoscopic Association consists of three of the founding family members; Ilicia had to leave us due to time commitments elsewhere. There is no hierarchy among the leadership; our opinions and votes all have equal weight. We aim to provide fair, unbiased, and respectful leadership for the community while also realizing that we wouldn’t have a purpose without you. Come meet the team!
Ian built his first flamethrower at age 10, and it’s very possible that’s all you need to know about him, but since our charter mandates four-plus sentences per person, you’ll have to listen to him babble on about himself in the third person for a little longer.
Ian has been “into” stereography for the last 30 of his 39 years; for the last ten he has been a serious collector. Two years ago, Ian put his love of sharing knowledge into action when he launched his blog, Brooklyn Stereography.
When his closest friend and collecting partner Doug Jordan passed away in January 2020, he accepted stewardship of the Boyd/Jordan Collection. He hopes be able to add to and grow the collection, including a permanent endowment for the online entity, before his own demise.
Secondary areas of specialization within historic stereography include Raumbild-verlag Otto Schönstein (a Third Reich 3D propaganda arm effectively controlled by Hitler’s best friend Heinrich Hoffmann) and VistaScreen (a strange British outfit whose sole photographer, Stanley Long, shot over 4,000 mostly-mediocre stereoviews for the company between 1957-1961), among others.
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André Ruiter (Putten, 1972) is a Dutch photographer who specializes in conceptual black & white photography. His photo projects are based on historic themes.
While working on a project about the World War I battlefield of Verdun in France, he discovered French glass stereoviews. This resulted in a great interest in stereo photography and he’s now a passionate collector of stereoscopy antiques from 1850 to 1930.
On his website he shares his black & white photography and blogs about stereoscopy history and his collection.
André lives in Putten, a town surrounded by the woodlands of the nature reserve The Veluwe.
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Keita’s career has always been in technology and corporate design (currently she works as a senior user experience researcher in the heart of Silicon Valley in sunny California), so she tries to balance all that techie-ness by immersing herself in nature, dancing, music, and cloudspotting when she can.
Keita’s love of stereoscopy, which is focused on the viewing devices, started when she stumbled across a Tru-Vue viewer in an antique shop 3 years ago and she’s since amassed a large collection of stereoscopes from all over the world, mostly from the mid-century time period (1935-1965).
With her focus on stereoscopes, she’s particularly fond of branded viewers used for advertising, folding viewers, cardboard viewers, and viewers that use 35mm stereo filmstrips (Tru-Vue, De Vry, Novelview, Filmoscope, etc.)
Keita posts items from her collection to her website (VintageViewers.com) and her Instagram (@3dcollector).