Sophie Kilcoyne ’13 on Accident at Gare Montparnasse

This podcast is part of Watson Conversations, a growing collection of podcasts produced by Wheaton students as part of Art History 298: Photography as Knowledge.

Anonymous Photographer
Train Accident at Gare Montparnasse
Glass Stereo Slide

Purchased with the Kenneth C. and Louise McKeon Deemer ’33 Fund

Sophie Kilcoyne ’13 discusses the theatricality of this stereoscopic image—the way it gives its viewer an impression of being a participant in the scene—which suggests that photographing disasters played a role in increasing the public’s fascination with them.

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