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A VILLAGE LOST & FOUND by Brian May & Elena Vidal Goes Global

Following the success of Brian May & Elena Vidal’s book A VILLAGE LOST & FOUND in the UK (Published October 2009 by Frances Lincoln, 9780711230392), the authors will be crossing the Atlantic this July to do a series of lectures based on the book on both the East and West coasts of America. The presentation is illustrated with a full 3-D projection slide show, and brings the accompanying texts of T. R. Williams himself to life.

A VILLAGE LOST & FOUND is an authoritative study of the work of T. R. Williams, the prominent 1850s stereo photographer. The book presents an exquisite set of stereo photographs showing the life of a small Oxfordshire village 150 years ago. It is the product of over 30 years intensive research by Brian May, renowned guitarist/song-writer of the legendary band Queen, and photographic historian and conservator Elena Vidal.

Dates for Brian May & Elena Vidal speaking engagements are as follows:

Saturday, July 17, 2010 • Sandusky, OH National Stereoscopic Convention Keynote Address • 6pm

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 • Philadelphia, PA Free Library of Philadelphia • 7:30pm

Thursday, July 22, 2010 • New York, NY Barnes & Noble Tribeca • 7pm

Friday, July 23, 2010 • New York, NY The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium • 6pm

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 • Los Angeles, CA Downtown Independent Theatre (Sponsored by Amoeba Music) • 7:30pm

Thursday, July 29, 2010 • Los Angeles, CA Griffith Observatory, Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon • 7:30pm

John Nicoll, managing director of Frances Lincoln, says: “This book has been such a pleasure to publish and we are really delighted with its success here with over 10,000 copies sold. I’m so pleased that such prestigious venues as the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles have also recognised how special this project is. We are sure that the book will receive an equally enthusiastic response in the States as it has here with its moving evocation of village life in the mid 1850s.”

T. R. Williams seems to have created “Our Village” as a labour of love, recording the scenes of his childhood summers and documenting a place and way of life that was already vanishing through the effects of the industrial revolution. His extraordinary dedication to the project and his quest for perfection in stereographic imagery are both honoured and mirrored in the years of research, photographic explorations and thoughtful presentation that have made possible this book, ‘A Village Lost and Found’ – clearly another labour of love. – Stereo World

The effect is amazing. It takes a moment to adjust to the viewer, but once you have got the knack, the villagers and their surroundings seem to leap from the page, bringing scenes such as these to life and helping you appreciate details you might otherwise miss. The book is superbly produced and bound in large format with a separate slip-case for the easy-to-assemble stereo viewer. a bygone age indeed but I can assure you one thing: it will rock you. – Mail on Sunday

The book works on a number of levels. If you have a passion for photography, it will excite you. If you are interested in history, it will intrigue you. If you are keen on technical aspects, then the stereoscope will indulge you. This is definitely a collector’s bargain to be treasured on any book shelf. – Silvershotz