From the late 1920s to the early 1940s, meteorologist Abe Masanao (1891–1966) used time-lapse and stereoscopy to study clouds near Mount Fuji. Abe’s research connects cinema, clouds, and the stereoscope in a circuit of mediation, both literal and metaphorical. Analyzing Abe’s image-making practices alongside his discussion of tricks and magic, this case study proposes that meteorological visualization is an art of forgery.

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