Jacques Côté began shooting stereo pictures in 1979, while studying film-making, visual arts and communication at Laval University in Quebec City.
Already a freelance 2D photographer and film-maker, he founded in 1982 his first 3D stereoscopic photography company and started shooting 3D on a professional basis.
The following years were shared between 3D and 2D work. In 3D, among numerous projects, he produced and shot a stereo slides show named “QUEBEC IN 3 DIMENSIONS”. This show was presented in Quebec, but also several times in France. He also produced many stereo exhibitions, using projectors, viewers and very large format anaglyphs up to 8 feet high by 10 feet wide. In 2D, he produced and directed many 16mm films and different format videos.
In the early nineties, while still doing 3D assignments, he worked as a projectionist at the Old Port of Montreal IMAX Theatre, showing regular IMAX films, IMAX 3D films and IMAX HD (48 fps) films.
He left the IMAX theatre in 1993 to take part in the creation of a new company, 3D VISION INTERNATIONAL, as partner and shareholder. There, he worked on the development and production of the 3Discover viewer. Head photographer for this product, he travelled the world for many years, shooting tens of thousands of stereo pictures.
When it became clear that the 3Discover viewer was not profitable, the major partners retired from the company. Jacques and his partner photographer bought the assets and inventory, hoping to give the viewer a second chance.
While still marketing the 3Discover viewer, Jacques went back to 3D contract work for other companies. Among many others, he shot in 3D the ATLAS and CMS detectors at the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). The 3D pictures will be used for an animated IMAX 3D film produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
In 2006, he was invited by the National Stereoscopic Association to do the Banquet Speech at the annual convention in Miami.
He recently worked in Dubai, finalizing the printing format of the 3D VeeDee viewer and producing stereo pictures of the entire United Arab Emirates to be used with this new product. He also spent some time in India, teaching 2D to 3D conversion to a team of graphic designers.
Head and heart of 3D VISION, Jacques is still passionate by stereoscopy in all its forms, even after 30 years of professional work. He now produces 3D HD videos and expands his own 3D vision into the future by conceiving and experimenting new 3D shooting tools and techniques.
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