Etienne Gaspard Robert (1763–1837) : Phantasmagoria Phantasmagoria was a form of theatre which used a modified magic lantern to project frightening images such as skeletons, demons, and ghosts onto walls, smoke, or semi-transparent screens, frequently using rear projection. The projector was mobile, allowing the projected image to move and change size on the screen, and multiple projecting devices allowed for quick switching of different images. Invented in France in the late 18th century.
Painting, 1750, depicting the use of a magic lantern, by Jan Anton Garemyn (Flemish, 1712-1799). SALT REDUX
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Early Louis XV magic Lantern. courtesy François BINÉTRUY collection.
Comparative depiction of the human eye and the camera obscura. Early eighteenth-century book illustration
Peep Show: a viewing device in the form of a box. The user would put their eyes up to the box in order to see perspectival images lit from above. The device pre-dates the panorama.