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Pocket Worlds

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There are other Worlds all around you. Step in and get immersed.

PocketWorlds presents collections of spherical photographs that can be viewed as if you were still physically standing where they were recorded. After selecting an image, you have to turn all around and move the iPhone up and down to get the whole view. For its first release, the PocketWorlds viewer includes a collection of twenty images from the Panoscopic Journal by Luc Courchesne (1). 

Other collections will be released in the coming months. To submit your own, or to comment on PocketWorlds, please contact

The Pocket World viewer uses the compass on the iPhone 3GS to pan left and right as you turn around, and the accelerometer to move up and down. On the iPhone 3G and 2G, and on the iPod Touch (models without a compass), you can swipe your finger left and right to pan. Pinching will let you zoom in and out.

(1) The Panoscopic Journal, undertaken by Courchesne in 2000, document his whereabouts and explores the concept of place, of the observing subject and the novel nature of the worlds one is now invited to step in and inhabit. The Journal holds several hundred spherical images from which a collection of twenty is offered with the first release of the Pocket Worlds viewer. Works from the Panoscopic Journal have also been exhibited as prints in galleries and museums and are part of pubic and private collections worldwide. For more information on the Panoscopic Journal or on the work of Luc Courchesne, please consult