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Seeing Double? Exhibit Of Stereoscopic Photography At U.Va’s Fayerweather Gallery Gives Images 3-D Look

January 19, 2000 -- Two photographs taken simultaneously from slightly different angles and viewed side-by-side through a stereoscope allows the result to appear three-dimensional. Using this Victorian tradition of viewing 3-D images, Susan Lutz, a photographer, documentary film maker and video artist, has created more than 200 stereoscopic cards which will be on exhibit at the University of Virginia’s Fayerweather Gallery from Jan. 31 to Feb. 25.

Among the assorted groupings of cards in the Susan Lutz Stereo View Company collection are the Reproductive Cycle of the Amorphophallus Titanum, Domestic Interiors, New York Rooftop Views, Flora and Fauna, Stereoscopic Views of the Los Angeles Basin, Venetian Waterways and Popular Views of the Los Angeles Basin.

At the opening reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, all 200 cards in the collection will be available for viewing through various forms of vintage viewers as well as other types of stereoscopic devices. During the remainder of the exhibition the different parts of the collection will rotate.

Lutz’s interest in the creations of times past is also evident in her documentary film project in progress, "Sunday Dinner." During a two-week residency in February at U.Va.’s McIntire Department of Art, Lutz will be teaching photography and film students. A number of students will have an opportunity to work with Lutz on "Sunday Dinner," filming activities on various farms and locations around the Shenandoah Valley to document those who continue to perform daily tasks using techniques that by today’s standards would be considered old-fashioned. Their love of the process and the superiority of the finished product compel them to continue to make bread, churn apple butter and smoke country hams using methods that are time consuming, individualized and produce a product not available on the consumer market. These activities "evoke memories of and a way of life which is quickly disappearing," Lutz said.

Lutz will lecture on her work at 5 p.m. Feb. 10 in Room 160 Campbell Hall.

Lutz received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her photography and film/video works have been exhibited internationally including broadcast on The History Channel and A&E networks. She has received numerous awards and wide critical acclaim for her work.

For more information contact Sylvia New Strawn at (804) 924-6122 or at sns@virginia.edu.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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