Anamorphic Art and Photography Deliberate Distortions That Can Be Easily Undone

The distorted images you see on the cover and back page of this issue and throughout this article illustrate several fascinating phenomena in both art and geometrical optics. They are examples of anamorphic art and photography. Such artwork is distorted beyond recognition, but this distortion can be undone by simple means. Anamorphic art has a long history, many applications, and can form the basis of projects in courses in elementary optics, photography, art, psychology and computer science.

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