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Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
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Artists’ book, unique state, featuring collage elements and pencil
Across the pages of plastographical photographs by Max Skladanowsky (b.1863), the German inventor, filmmaker, and lanternist, new inhabitants can now be seen and 3D glasses no longer required. There, a Little eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoidbs)! Over there, an African pygmy goose (Nettapus auritus), and an Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus)! Look up, there’s a Grey-backed finch-lark (Eremoptryx verticalis), a Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse (Pterocles lichtensteinii), and an Eclectus parrot (Eclectus roratus). Behind you, a Fiery-throated fruit-eater (Pipreola chlorolepidota), a Pin-tailed manakin (Ilicura militaris), and a Saffrom finch (Sicalis flaveola). And we’ve heard rumour that there is also a Black-and-rufous warbling finch (Poospiza nigrorufa), and a Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis) to be found in the wilderness.
Exhibited as part of By This Unwinking Night (2012), this artists’ book is in the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.
Skladanowsky’s major medium from 1897 was the production of flip books which re-used his film footage, although many were also produced using still photographs. He began the Projection For All (Projektion fur Alle) company to distribute 3D anaglyphic lantern slides, published several albums of 3D photographs, returned to giving magic lantern shows, and sold amateur film cameras, projectors, and printing equipment.
(Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema)