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Lewis Carroll, Photographer

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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

Peter C. Bunnell is the McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art Emeritus at Princeton University and faculty curator of photography emeritus at the Princeton University Art Museum, where he was also responsible for the Minor White Archive. A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (where he rst studied with Minor White), he holds graduate degrees from Ohio University and Yale University. Prior to coming to Princeton in 1972, Bunnell was curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has written reviews and commentary for Afterimage, Aperture, Art in America, Camera, Creative Camera, the New Republic, Print Collector s Newsletter, and Untitled, among other publications. He is the author of the monograph Minor White: The Eye That Shapes (1989) and he edited Photography at Princeton (1998). Bunnell has published two anthologies of his essays: Degrees of Guidance (1993) and Inside the Photograph (2006). He edited two anthologies of writings: A Photographic Vision: Pictorial Photography, 1889 1923 (1980) and Edward Weston on Photography (1983), and was coeditor of two major reprint series, The Literature of Photography and Sources of Modern Photography. Bunnell has taught at New York University, Dartmouth College, and Yale University, and has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad. The former national chairman of the Society for Photographic Education, he was also chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Photography. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain.

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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: 10.2 x 1.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,658,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This is not the complete photos of Lewis Carroll (it's missing a few semi-nudes, but if you're curious, those nudes weren't erotic; they were just studies of form), but it is a well-done, scholarly, dry collection. If you had this on your coffee table, your guests would flip through it with knowing leers because every teenager thinks they know Lewis Carroll was a pervert...and then they'll see that he's just taking pictures; there's nothing even a little prurient here.

...and that's almost a pity, because that might make the collection interesting.
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