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Lewis Carroll, Photographer Hardcover – March 17, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0691074436 ISBN-10: 0691074437

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Product Details

  • Series: Princeton University Library Albums
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (March 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691074437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691074436
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,660,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the 2002 New York Book Show Award

Kraszna-Krauz Special Commendation for the Best Book in Art in Culture and History

"A sumptuous new book. . . . [It] is clear how widely Dodgson's photographic work ranged over the course of 25 years. He photographed landscapes, anatomical specimens and thousands of friends as well as children, taking some 3,000 photographs in all."--Joanna Pitman, The Times of London

"Little girls were not Lewis Carroll's problem. . . . Yes, [he] liked to photograph children. Naked ones, too. [This] studied yet entirely accessible book shows that the children in [his] studio harbored no apprehensions about what they were doing or who they were doing it with."--Frederick Kaufman, New York Times Book Review

"This handsomely designed volume shows the remarkable extent and complexity of Carroll's photographic art."--Joanna Pitman, The Times of London

"This book presents a biographical and artistic reassessment of Lewis Carroll with great finesse. It is beautifully printed with both the text and images rendered on heavy ivory-toned paper. . . As a resource, it is unparalleled in the history of photography and offers a rare glimpse into the life and times of Victorian England. . . . It is clearly and carefully written to appeal to a broad public and impart a new appreciation for the creative genius of Lewis Carroll."--Pamela White Trimpe, The Art Book

"Above all, [Carroll] was a gifted, obsessive and dedicated photographer, one of the best that the medium's first century produced."--Lyle Rexer, Art in America

About the Author

Roger Taylor is an independent British photographic historian specializing in the mid-Victorian period. His publications include Crown and Camera: The Royal Family and Photography (Penguin). Edward Wakeling has compiled and edited several volumes of the writings of Lewis Carroll, including the first unabridged edition of Lewis Carroll's Diaries (six of nine volumes are already in print).

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Demakos on April 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I've been waiting for this very book for quite some time now. Carroll's photography has never been collected in a full form like many other photographers. Previous books have been light on material and all too heavy on the photographs of young child-friends. This book gives a more even account of Carroll's photography---even going so far as presenting the photographs as he did so in his own albums. Rather than classify his photographs, his albums show a wondrous variety of images---a skeleton of a fish, a landscape, a child-friend, a famous painter, a sculpture, etc.... Though it concentrates on Carroll's one hobby, Roger Taylor's essay is as good as any biography, being a hundred or so pages long. Edward Wakeling contributes insightful captions to each photograph in the Princeton Collection---for all are included! What more could one ask for? Wakeling, one of the leading experts on Carroll with a database of information, even offers his list of all photographs taken by Carroll, a list that will be continually updated. He even gives his email address for those who may have lost photographs.
An indispensable book for the researcher and a delight for the casual photography fan.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The trouble with this book is that in trying to address Carroll's
photography of children it uses perspectives and arguments that were already defunct and discredited before the book went into print.
The best defence pf Carroll's relationship with the nude child has been offered by Hugues Lebailly and Karoline Leach, who both have shown that we have misunderstood Carroll by failing to set him in the correct social background of his time.
Basically, during the Victorian age EVERYONE as making nude studies of children, and Carroll was merely being trendy when he did the same. The mistake as been to forget this and see his actions in isolation.
This revelation of the 'Victorian Cult of the Child' has revolutionised our understanding of Carroll, but Taylor in this book makes almost no use of it at all.
Instead he revives very weak and illogical arguments to 'defend' Dodgson, claiming, for example, that Dodgson didn't take many nude pictures, as if this in itself precludes the suspicion of paedophilia.
It doesn't. In fact it's a pale and dishonest argument. The only thing that defends Dodgson against paedophilia is the research of Leach and Lebailly which Taylor so oddly refuses to use to any extent. The result is muddled, dishonest and already out of date.
For the only serious analysis of Lewis Carroll's relationship with the nude child see Leach 'In the Shadow of the Dreamchild'. But if you just want to look at nice pics, then enjoy this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. JONES on August 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The photos of the kids are remarkable, All are lovely, and some show faces filled with determination, as the one of Alice as begger girl or another child as little Red Riding Hood. There is a single, dignified semi-nude of a 20 plus year old girl by another phoographer.

Children who read or have read to them the story of Alice (God forbid the
horror by Disney) may look upon the face of the real Alice as child. The book is quite suitable for children. There is not the slightest hint of
the lurid.

When children have the stories explained as logical absurdities, in an unacademical way, they remember. Dodgson was at least highly talented, perhaps a genius; his genius or talent shows up in his photographs. I only wish I had such an eye and ear for creating (writing) and catching (photos) beauty and wonder.
To me Lewis Carroll always seemed much like Dante. I used to read my little sister both when she was small to show her that Dante was just stories, not to be taken seriously (as having any truth)and that Carroll was reason turned upside down and fun. Dante had his Beatricci, and Lewis Carroll had his Alice. Both men were much older than the beloved; both men gave apotheosis to the beloved; both had imagination hard to equal.

This book provides a link to the mind of Lewis Carroll, and it is beautiful in places. Most of the most beautiful photos are to be found free on the [...]
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Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent collection of photographs made by Charles Dodgson. The patterns are pretty well set. The shots include mostly children in various costumes or poses that go with various stories - mostly romantic ones. Several make use of chain mail for example, with Joan of Arc. But otherwise they are portraits or group shots. And then there are some pictures of deaneries, churches, school grounds at Oxford and skeletons of animals, such as an anteater. Included are descriptions of those in the pictures and approximate dates when taken, and indexes of the plates including those missing from the collection.
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1 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Charles H. Levenson on August 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Some years ago an"expert",a respected college professor,put out a revisionist history of the notorious political corruptor William M.Tweed,in which his"research"alledgedly "proved"that the old crooked boss was,of all things,a victim of the new york times and the good-government forces of that time period..Not many people bought that novel theory,and even fewer will buy the notion that Lewis Carroll,writer,oxford don,photographer,was not also a closet pedophile..One need only look at the man's work,wherein he poses little girls in naked and half-naked situations designed to appeal to the more lurid aspects of one's imagination..Sure,other photographers of the victorian period also took naked pictures of little children,but this neither excuses them nor does it excuse Lewis Carroll..pornography is pornography,and this stance is not mitigated by the fact that a lot of people are involved in it...The fact that this is the same fellow who also wrote"Alice in Wonderland" also does not excuse him...One need only take a long,hard look at this man's private life,and then consider that,out of all of the subjects he chose to photograph,little girls in half naked poses were his favorite,to dismiss the one or two current,revisionist voices who insist that Carroll was not a pedophile..
There is also the incident which ended the long-standing relationship between Carroll and Oxford dean Liddell,father of several small children,one of which,Alice Liddell,happened to be Carroll's model for his own"alice"of "wonderland"fame(in point of fact Carroll did not use the term"wonderland"but instead called his book"Alice through the looking glass)to further be convinced of Carroll's misdeeds..
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