The most magnificent railway station in the world, Bombay, India
Photographer: Ricalton, James
Medium: Photographic print
Stereoscopic photograph of the Railway Station (Victoria Terminus) at Bombay in Maharashtra, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. Victoria Terminus in Bombay is the most exuberant Victorian Gothic building in the city. It was designed by William Stevens and built between 1878 and 1887. This is one of a series of 100 photographs, designed to be viewed through a special binocular viewer, producing a 3D effect. They were sold together with a book of descriptions and a map with precise locations to enable the 'traveller' to imagine that he was really touring around India. 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.