1979 Photographic Society of America annual convention in Hartford CT -
Pat Whitehouse of Cambridge England by Susan Pinsky
Bee spreading pollen in purple flower by Pat Whitehouse
Bird Nest in a Pipe by Pat Whitehouse
1983 International Stereoscopic Union congress Buxton UK Pat Whitehouse changing a lamp in her double Hawk 3-D projector during show Oct
by Susan Pinsky
Baby Birds by Pat Whitehouse
As in any audio-visual show, recorded music and speech accompanied the projection of slides but, still as they were, Pat's pictures were alive, immense and powerful with their sense of space. To see for instance, a bee entering a flower was to become that bee, aware of the great depth of a colour tunnel formed of petals. Scenery offered breathtaking perspective through which one sensed a flow of wind and weather. Nests became tough, hollow structures with their spans spatially intertwining. Children were chubby realities. A horse looking over a fence had its mouth ready to feed from one's hand
Smoothly edited, these views created pictorial essays and stories. Their subjects were far from the expected. The life-cycle of one runner-bean (from germination to vegetable dish); exploration of corners of a Cambridge garden; Pat's delightful one-year old granddaughter paediatrically illustrating Gilbert & Sullivan's "Modern Major-General"; a deserted railway station in poetic survey; the aesthetic possibilities of sand on a beach; intimate views of a cock robin rearing a nestful of deserted blackbird chicks; the feeling of getting wet by the Niagara Falls; patterns created by decorated biscuits - these were all in her repetoire.
Certainly the most beloved item was the "Hallelujah Chorus" in her pictorial rendering of Handel's 'Messiah'. ' This masterpiece of beauty and fun deserves to become a national monument. Appropriate to the music the singers varied from fledglings and a duck (male chorus) to little lilies (female chorus).
Mama bird feeding hungry mouths by Pat Whitehouse
1987 Harold and Pat Whitehouse's home - Carole Reeves, Susan Pinsky and David Starkman looking at WWII aerial shots - by David Burder
As these happinesses were being shown Pat's slim, smiling and quiet figure was just discernible. She was completely modest about her work and appeared surprised and delighted that the acclaim given to her. It was characteristic that when she arrived anywhere to set up her programme she would unload the technical apparatus from an assortment of domestic carriers or shopping bags.
Pat's meticulous work began long before a photograph was taken. She made her own cameras. After studying the way human eyes appraised distance she realised her need of stereoscopic cameras that did not yet exist. Her solution was to make her own. "So 'Baby Bertha' came into being", she wrote. "She grew out of bits and pieces of odd cameras, bellows, camera bodies, roll film holder etc. The shutter, an old Thornton-Pickard blind type, was cocked by pulling a string and fired by a cable release".
1985 Pat Whitehouse camera in Cambridge by David Burder
1985 Pat Whitehouse camera 2 in Cambridge by David Burder
Few are those who can build their own cameras. Even fewer those who have adapted existing lenses by cutting them to size on the kitchen table. Pat had created four cameras of her own and at the time of her death was building a fifth designed to help her bryologist husband photograph mosses. At meetings Pat would detail the way she built a camera at home much as a housewife might describe an improved recipe for making omelettes.
Meticulous too was the long careful preparation of her slides. Pat used special frames within which each of the paired pictures had to be fitted with precision. This kept her hours in her workroom.
1985 Pat Whitehouse working in her workroom in Cambridge by David Burder
1985 Pat Whitehouse working in her workroom in Cambridge 3
by David Burder
In 1951 she joined the Royal Photographic Society. In 1961 she gained its Fellowship for close-up stereophotographs of moss. In 1962 she joined the Stereoscopic Society, of which she later became President. In 1972 the RPS awarded her its Hood Medal for merit, art and craftsmanship. In 1986 she became an Honorary Fellow of the society.
In the photographic world her fame was immense, and so was the affection and admiration given to her. The Photographic Society of America coaxed her across the Atlantic three times. She was invited to give presentations to the International Stereoscopic Union in England, Holland, France and Switzerland.
The last time, at Interlaken in 1987, ended in a standing ovation of over ten minutes.
Bird on a Branch by Pat Whitehouse
1987 International Stereoscopic Union Congress in Switzerland - Pat and Harold Whitehouse looking at mosses by Susan Pinsky
- Sacha Playfair
MARGARET PATRICIA HORLICK, photographer, born 4 July 1922, married 1948 Harold Whitehouse (two daughters), died 11 February I988. She was 65 years old.
1987 International Stereoscopic Union Congress in Switzerland -
Pat Whitehouse and Susan Pinsky at Congress Banquet by David Starkman
THE CHAIRMAN'S PIECE
by Arthur Packham
There must surely be some members who, until now, were unaware that Pat Whitehouse suffered a fatal heart attack on llth February, and was buried on. 19 February 1988.
Shadows in Cambridge by Pat Whitehouse
1989 International Stereoscopic Union Switzerland Harold Whitehouse on left end, Bernard Jecqier, Susan Pinsky and David Starkman across table and Pat Whitehouse looking at camera by David Burder
Looking around for somebody to talk to I spotted Pat Whitehouse and, although I had only been a member of an audience at her shows, as soon as I expressed my growing interest in stereo to her she chatted with me for some time - without me ever getting the feeling that she wanted to stop or move on to a 'more famous' person.
Subsequent to that initial meeting I have had the great pleasure of being associated variously with Pat Whitehouse on the R.P.S. Council, the R.P.S. Colour Group Committee, on which she served a term as Chairman and, of course, on our own Society Committee, where she served a term as President.
Pat was always thoughtful, kindly and generous; but once her mind was made up in debate she had great strength of conviction and could put her point of view as forcefully as anyone. Her slight stature could easily mislead you into thinking otherwise.
All interested in photography, and stereo photography in particular, will miss Pat's expertise and wise counsel. I certainly will.
1985 Inter. Stereoscopic Union Congress Wash DC Thomas Hanchin, Arthur Girling, Pat Whitehouse and David Burder by Susan Pinsky
Pat Whitehouse with camera in hand by David Burder
1979 Photographic Society of America in Hartford CT - Col (Ret) Mel Lawson, Carol Lee, Joe Fallon, Ruth, Stergis Stergis and Maudie Stergis and Pat Whitehouse plus others by Susan Pinsky
The rekindling of interest in stereoscopic photography, sparked by the appearance of 35mm format cameras in the early 1950's, captured the attention of many talented people. On a special pinnacle among these was Pat Whitehouse of Cambridge, England.
Careful selection of 3-D slides and meticulous alignment in mounting are a special challenge in the field of 3-D slide presentation. Using the English Hawk four-lens dissolve projector, Pat built up a remarkable series of vignettes set to music or voice and personally screened by Pat at the projector with the touch of an orchestral conductor
(from May/June 1988 Stereo World)
Her choice of subject matter was wide ranging. Her expertise in bird and insect photography tended to overshadow her equally impressive accomplishments in a wide ranging series of essays. One was simply titled "Rain." Another was based on patterns in nature in twos, threes, fours, fives, and sixes. Pat had a rare talent that has been sorely missed.
For closeups, Pat made up four different cameras and was working on a fifth. They were stuck together quite literally on the kitchen table using an old camera body, old lenses and other bits and pieces.
"In common with thousands of other people, both in Britain and abroard, my first experience of stereo photography was at a Pat Whitehouse Show. That was twenty years ago, and it made a deep and lasting impression on me; but it was not until 1970 that I first met Pat on a one to one basis, to chat informally. The occasion was when the Royal Photographic Society had its new South Audley Street headquarters officially opened by H.R.H. the Princess Margaret, and I had been fortunate in a 'lucky dip' draw to attend this ceremony as an ordinary member in the company of the President, Council and other distinguished guests.
— Paul Wing
1983 Inter Stereoscopic Union Buxton UK -Hugo de Wijs with his viewers, Jewel Smaus, Pat Whitehouse, and Jack Williams by Louis Smaus
Pat Whitehouse shooting bird in winter on outdoor photo booth with stereo camera by David Burder
1983 International Stereoscopic Union Buxton UK - Pat Whitehouse and
David Burder by Susan Pinsky
1985 International Stereoscopic Union Congress Wash DC - Seton Rochwite and Pat Whitehouse by David Starkman
Having graduated in physiology from Cambridge, she moved on to University College Hospital, London, for a PhD in endocrinology. From there, she completed a full medical course at St. Thomas's Hospital as one of its first two women students.
The membership of the british Stereoscopic Society, and largely Barry Aldous, have now allowed her shows to be digitally copied and easily set up for todays audiences to enjoy. Her contribution to our great hobby was immense.
Photographing in 3D - David Burder FRPS & Pat Whitehouse FPRS
About the Authors:
Pat Whitehouse was a founder member of the Third Dimension Society and one of Britain's most noted presenters of 3-D slide programs. Her specialty was nature photography and she made several very successful home-built stereo cameras for close-up photography. She passed into the 4th dimension in 1988. The 3rd and 4th printings of this book are a tribute to her memory.
David G. Burder is a professional stereo photographer working in scientific research and commercial advertising. He is a internationally recognized expert on anaglyph and lenticular imaging. He has built over 15 different stereo cameras in the last 10 years.
Revised 3rd Edition
A real gem - perfect for a simple introduction to stereo photography!
"Our aim has been to provide some basic guidance on how to take and view a 3-D (Three Dimensional) photograph using inexpensive, readily available equipment. Once you have produced your first 3-D picture, the door to a whole new dimension of photography is open to you."
Note: Emphasis is on Film Cameras (the booklet was written before digital photography) but the same ideas can apply to digital too
Table of Contents:
1. How 3-D Photography works
2. 3-D Photography with an Ordinary Single Lens Camera
3. How Far to Shift the Camera
4. Mounting a 3-D Pair of Slides
5. Viewing 3-D Colour Slides
6. 3-D Photography with two Ordinary Cameras
7. 3-D Attachments for Ordinary Cameras
8. Projection of 3-D Colour Slides
9. A Brief History of 3-D Photography
10. 3-D Photography Today
11. 3-D Viewing without a viewer
12. Some Useful Addresses
As you can see from the Table of Contents, this little 32 page book covers a lot of ground in simple terms. Illustrated with many color stereo pairs, it is a perfect simple introduction to stereoscopic photography.
Pat Whitehouse as a child
1978 ISU York Pat Whitehouse and Bill Minty by Charlie Piper
1978 ISU York Pat Whitehouse at banquet and another attendees
by Charlie Piper
1979 Photographic Society of America Hartford CT David Starkman
and Pat Whitehouse by Susan Pinsky
1983 ISU Buxton UK David Burder and Pat Whitehouse by Susan Pinsky
1983 ISU Buxton UK David Robinson and Pat Whitehouse auction preview 4 by Susan Pinsky
1985 International Stereoscopic Union Congress Wash DC - Pat Whitehouse Oct by Lou Smaus
1985 ISU Wash DC Group shot of 3-D photographers by David Starkman
Pat Whitehouse Projecting with her Double Hawk Stereo Projector -LeaiPix
1985 Margaret Wratten and Pat Whitehouse on outing with
Stereoscopic Society by David Burder
1985 Pat Whitehouse camera 3 in Cambridge by David Burder
1985 Pat Whitehouse getting Ice Lollies from a street vender by David Burder
1985 Pat Whitehouse projector in Cambridge by David Burder
1987 Harold and Pat Whitehouse's home Carole Reeves, Susan Pinsky and David Starkman looking at WWII aerial 3D shots 2 by David Burder
Pat Whitehouse and Stereo Society Group 2 by David Burder
Pat Whitehouse and Stereo Society Group by David Burder
Pat Whitehouse with ice cream cone by David G. Burder
Pat Whitehouse sweet child
Pat Whitehouse in her garden by David Burder
Pat Whitehouse in her yard by David Burder
Three Beauties by David Burder
Purple water drops on a leaf by Pat Whitehouse
Ripples in the water . . .
Weetabix changed the world!
The smallest item in life can make a difference in the world. It can inspire, excite, delight and comfort. Even a small premium item in a cereal box, designed to entice a buyer to choose that product over another, can transmit curiosity, knowledge, and a new road to travel on in one's life. Weetabix (a popular English breakfast cereal) was utilizing the "thrills in 3-D" aspect by including a stereoscopic card in each cereal box as a premium. In the early 1960's Mrs. Pat Whitehouse, in Cambridge, England, one of only two people in that country doing three dimensional bird photography, sold them her images of British Birds to use for their 3-D card series. Children all over the country were thrilled to discover the depth and discovery of nature when they purchased the optional Weetabix folding plastic 3-D viewer, collecting the sets of cards of birds, cars and animals, and viewing these objects in full three dimensionally. It could be life changing!
One of the children who was influenced by these cards was Brian May, later to become lead guitarist for the band Queen, by then a true 3-D enthusiast and stereo photographer himself.
Successful in his musical profession for decades, he has gone on to publish a number of books, under The London Stereoscopic Company, Ltd. name, many utilizing the magic of 3-D, from "Bang: The Complete History of the Universe" with Peter Moore and Chris Lintott; "A Village Lost and Found" with Elena Vidal; "Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell" with Denis Pellerin and Paula Richardson Fleming; "Crinolines" with Denis Pellerin; "Queen in 3-D"; "Mission Moon 3-D reliving the Great Space Race" with David J. Eicher and others.
1982_01_16 Brian May and baby daughter in Duarte CA
by Susan Pinsky
2017_08_25 Brian May at Disney Studios with Queen in 3D book launch by David Starkman_021
Blackbird by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Blackcap by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Blue Tit (or Tom Tit) by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Bullfinch by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Chaffinch by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Goldfinch by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Hedge Sparrow by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Herring Gull by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
House Sparrow by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Linnet by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Long Tailed Tit by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Meadow Pipit by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Reed Bunting by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Reed Warbler by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Robin by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Sedge Warbler by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Song Thrush by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Spotted Flycatcher by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Swallow by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Swan by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Wheatear by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Whitethroat by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Willow Warbler by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Wren by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Yellow-Hammer by Pat Whitehouse, from The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Brian May's interest in stereo photography carried that passion from childhood to adulthood, including all his adventures with his rock band "Queen". These experiences, as he traveled the world, are shared in his marvelous book "Queen in 3-D", from his experiments in cha-cha 3-D photography in the late 1950's to the 2018 documenting of the making of the film "Bohemian Rhapsody", and everything in-between.
Brian May revived the name "The London Stereoscopic Company, Ltd." from the 20th century, bringing it into modern times with new publications covering a vast array of subject matter. His first publication, "A Village Lost and Found" with Elana Vidal, covers the work of photographer T.R. Williams, who documented the changing of the times with his perceptive and sensitive imaging from the 1850's.
2017_08_25 A Village Lost and Found at Queen 3D book launch trade table
by David Starkman_012
2010_08_25 NSA Huron OH Brian May and Elena Vidal receiving award for A Village Lost and Found book from Lawrence Kaufman
by Susan Pinsky
2010_08_25 NSA Huron OH Brian May and Elena Vidal
2010_08_17 NSA Huron OH Brian May signing A Village Lost and Found books by Susan Pinsky
2010_08_17 NSA Huron OH Line-up of members waiting to get their Village Lost and Found books signed by Brian May and Elena Vidal
by Susan Pinsky
2017_08_25 Display of Weetabix viewers at Disney Studios
with "Queen in 3D" book launch by David Starkman_106
2017_08_257 NSA People waiting to have their books signed by Brian May at Queen in 3-D book signing by Susan Pinsky
2017_08_25 Brian May with Susan Pinsky at Disney Studios with Queen in 3D book launch by David Starkman - (sorry, couldn't resist)
2012_07_28 NSA Costa Mesa CA Denis Pellerin, Brian May and
Paula Fleming with Diableries mockup at Trade Show by Susan Pinsky
2017_08_25 Brian May at Disney Studios with Queen in 3D book launch
by David Starkman_091
The London Stereoscopic Company Ltd - Shop
This is the official shop for The London Stereoscopic Company Ltd.
We sell a range of products from 3-D cards to books and the famous OWL stereoscope, which was designed by Brian May.
To visit this website click here: https://shop.londonstereo.com/
Pat Whitehouse Camera building 06+ colorized 2_2x1 LeiaPix
Pat Whitehouse with camera in hand by David Burder_2x1 LeiaPix
Pat Whitehouse, talented wife of our member Harold, will be remembered with
affection by many members of the BBS, and many more who never met her must
have admired her stereoscopic slides of bryophytes at BBS Autumn Meetings.
There is an account of a projection session she gave at the Birmingham meeting in
September 1984, in B.B.S. Bulletin, no. 45. p. 10 (February 1985).
Pat was a scientist by training. She graduated in physiology at Cambridge, and obtained her Ph.D for research in endocrinology at the Biochemistry Department of University College, London. She completed a full medical course at St Thomas's Hospital, where she was one of the first two women students. But it was as a photographer that she won wide recognition and acclaim. I remember back in the 1950s, the camera with which she took photographs of their two daughters being used for some first essays at stereo pairs. She went on to become a leading exponent of stereoscopic photography, and travelled widely giving stereoscopic audio-visual shows, which held packed audiences spellbound. Her joyful and beautiful sequence of nestling birds and flowers to the 'Hallelujah Chorus' was a delight and deservedly celebrated. Her shows altered gradually over the years, and old subjects were replaced by newcorners of their Cambridge garden, travel sequences, bumblebees and other insects on Echium in the Suffolk Breckland -these were only a few.
Many photographers have found stereoscopy limiting. The apparent ease of Pat's
presentations concealed much originality and technical ingenuity, and many hours of devoted work. She had a thorough grasp of the theoretical background of stereo and close-up photography, and it was with that knowledge that she would now and again attempt, and achieve, what conventional wisdom regarded as impossible. She virtually created her own artistic medium, and the hardware necessary to work in it.
The few commercially available stereo cameras could only tackle subjects at
distances of a metre or more, so, for close-up work, Pat built her own. 'Baby Bertha ..... grew out of bits and pieces of old cameras, bellows, camera body, roll film holder, etc. The shutter ..... an old Thornton-Picard blind ..... [was] cocked by
pulling a string and fired by a cable release.' To get the optical axes of two
government-surplus lenses close enough together for really close-up work she had to cut a slice off each - a sheet of abrasive paper kept beside the cooker enabled her to stir a saucepan with one hand and grind a lens with the other!
Further cameras followed, and at the time of her death, in 1988, she was working on a fifth. Designed especially for extreme close-ups of bryophytes, it records on film about one centimetre cubed of space, and in Harold's hands it has produced some remarkable results.
Pat joined the Royal Photographic Society in 1941, and gained its Fellowship in
1961 for a set of close-up stereo photographs of mosses. She joined the Stereoscopic Society in 1962, later becoming its president. In 1972 the RPS accorded her the high distinction of its Hood Medal. She served on the Council of the RPS for a number of years and became an Honorary Fellow of the society in 1986. The fame of her work led to invitations to give presentations in the USA, and on the Continent, as well as to innumerable audiences in Britain. Anyone who attended one of her shows must surely have been aware not only of its technical and artistic mastery, but also of the magical ingredient which came from her own quiet and unassuming but intense presence. She will be sadly missed.
MARGARET PATRICIA WHITEHOUSE M.A., Ph.D., Hon. F.R.P.S., A.P.S.A.
1962 Pat Whitehouse with her 3-D camera colorized 2_2x1 LeiaPix
Journal of Bryology
by M.C.F. Proctor
— An Appreciation
[The following is reproduced by kind permission of the author and of The Independent newpaper, in whose obituary columns it appeared on 16th February 1988.]
PAT WHITEHOUSE was the innovator, manipulator and master hand of a refreshingly joyous way of presenting photography. Stereoscopy in photographs is by no means new, but the viewer, eager to see marvels in three dimensions, needed concentration and a little effort on his part. Pat Whitehouse bought stereoscopic photography to a point where wonderful audiovisual programmes could be given to large audiences sitting in comfort and totally relaxed. Not always relaxed; at moments close-up views of insects, one of Pat's specialities could give a vivid illusion of large antennae or mandibles zooming from the screen into the front row.
1983 International Stereoscopic Union congress Buxton UK Valerie Lowe and Pat Whitehouse Oct by Susan Pinsky
With gloriously ordered disorder it was full of files, tapes, slides, catalogues, light-viewers, tools, projectors and apparatus identifiable only to its owner. It was both an Aladdin's cave and a little temple of technology within which the visitor moved cautiously lest he or she bestirred some of the magic.
Pat Whitehouse took to photography relatively late. She graduated in physiology in Cambridge and then moved to University College Hospital, London. Here research in endocrinology led to her PhD from discoveries relating to diabetes and the histology of the pancreas.
To further her scientific work she completed the full medical course at St. Thomas's Hospital, where she was one of the first two women students.
Passion Flower by Pat Whitehouse
1985 Pat Whitehouse working in her workroom in Cambridge 2
by David Burder
Bee with Pollen by Pat Whitehouse
1983 Inter. Stereoscopic Union Buxton UK Valerie Lowe and Pat Whitehouse
at Chatsworth House by Paul Wing Jr
The Pat Whitehouse Show -
3 View-Master Reels
By Pat Whitehouse
This View-Master 3-Reel Album contains a history of the life of Pat Whitehouse (1922-1988) and her 3-D work, and is a wonderful souvenir for anyone who has seen one or more of her shows.
One of the reels features seven views from the The Hallelujah Chorus, Pat's famous pictorial rendering of Händel's Messiah, in which the singers range from fledgling birds and a duck to little lilies.
A wonderful addition to your stereoscopic library!