CrystalChrome Viewing Screen, 1984. When this screen is placed over an Integram transparency a 3D image appears.

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Roger de Montebello, CrystalChrome Viewing Screen with an array of 2,644 lenses, 1984/85; cast resin; 8 x 10 x .25 inches

The viewing screen is as crucial as the camera for the creation of an Integram 3D Photograph. When properly placed over an Integram photo transparency the screen’s multiple lenses integrate the 2,644 exposures into a single 3D image.

Integrated Images Inc., The Viewing Screen Mold, 1984; black-and-white photograph; 8 x 10 inches

Creating the viewing screen was almost as difficult as creating the camera. Each of the screen’s 2,644 lenses have a very precise dimensional relationship to one another. de Montebello needed to create a reusable mold because each Integram Photograph required its own screen. This 4-part photograph shows the reusable mold from different angles and a finished viewing screen.

roger de montebello viewing screen mold globus

Array lens mold, 1985; metal; 5.75 x 7.5 x 1.75 inches

Small mold designed to test casting of viewing screens.


Roger Lannes de Montebello


Roger Lannes de Montebello (1908–1986): A 40-Year Quest for 3-D Photography

Although Philippe de Montebello, the former Metropolitan Museum director is well-known, few people have heard about his father Roger de Montebello and his life-long creative obsession with three-dimensional photography.