Clean and airy Chowringhee Road (Esplanade at left) looking N. over Calcutta
Photographer: Ricalton, James
Medium: Photographic print
Stereoscopic photograph of Chowringhee Road Calcutta in West Bengal, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. This image is described by Ricalton in 'India Through the Stereoscope' (1907), "We have taken our position on the roof of the new Young Men's Christian Association Building where we look north along Chowringhee street and over a portion of the spacious public esplanade called the Maidan, in the splendid city of Calcutta." This is one of a series of 100 photographs designed to be viewed through a special binocular viewer, producing a 3D effect, sold together with a book of descriptions and a map. Stereoscopic cameras, those with two lenses and the ability to take two photographs at the same time, were introduced in the mid 19th century and revolutionised photography. They cut down exposure time and thus allowed for some movement in the image without blurring as subjects were not required to sit for long periods to produce sharp results.