In the early 1980’s I discovered that the newly invented Polaroid SX-70 camera and its square prints lent themselves to 3D photography.
I had a studio on the lower west side of Manhattan, which was a waning industrial area where unusual objects and materials were often left out on the streets and sidewalks.
A fellow artist gave me his Polaroid SX-70 camera for a small loan, and I quickly fell in love with the camera and its instant square Prints. I also found that the square Polaroid prints fit into an old Stereoptical viewer I had recently picked up at the Canal Street flea market.
Over the next 3 years, I bought several more SX-70 Polaroid cameras, which I modified and paired to create 3D Photographs. I used these cameras to produce a series of Tabletop Tableaus in my studio, utilizing the odd and unique objects and materials found in the industrial area.
Although the square print readily fit into these old-style 3D VIEWER’s I preferred the DUAL-MIRROR design of the original WHEATSTONE viewer from 1838, so I designed and constructed a series of plexiglass viewers. (see Photos below).