Frank Lloyd Wright wrote that “the only photograph that can be made of architecture is 3-dimensional.” Indeed, stereo conveys spatial and textural information absent in ordinary, flat photography. This lecture surveys the history, theory and practice of stereographic representation of architecture, and illustrates its advantages and potential with full-color, three-dimensional slides of buildings from ancient Greece to contemporary Los Angeles.
A veteran stereo photographer, Michael Kaplan is Professor of Architecture Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he taught architectural design and theory. Winner of the AIA Education Honors Award in 1991, he is a licensed architect and has lectured and published widely on cultural aspects of architecture. His architecture lectures in 3D have been presented at Oxford College/Emory University (2002), The University of Minnesota (2000), The New York Stereoscopic Society (1999), Carlton University (1998), The National Building Museum (1998), Columbia University (1998), The University of Michigan (1997), North Carolina State University (1997), The University of Kentucky (1996), and The University of Pennsylvania (1995). Kaplan is a partner in View*Productions, publishing examples of 20th century architecture in 3-D on View-Master reels.