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.
Intervals in Relief: Abe Masanao’s Stereoscopic Clouds
HSIN-YUAN PENG is a PhD candidate in the joint program of Comparative Literature and Film and Media Studies at Yale University. Awarded a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, she is writing her dissertation on the aesthetics and epistemology of meteorological cinema. She received her MA in Cinema Studies from New York University.
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Hsin-Yuan Peng; Intervals in Relief: Abe Masanao’s Stereoscopic Clouds. Representations 1 August 2022; 159 (1): 90–121. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2022.159.4.90
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