Lewis Carroll photographer: the Princeton albums




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Ever since 1949 when Helmut Gernsheim published the first account of Lewis Carroll’s [aka Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] photography there have been numerous articles dealing with this enigmatic body of work, many of them ill-informed and virtually all based on secondary sources and supposition. When I was approached by Princeton University to write about their extensive and unpublished holdings of Carroll photographs I was fortunate to have as my co-author Britain’s leading Carrollian scholar, Edward Wakeling. His comprehensive research into all aspects of Carroll’s life and work, including a full transcription of his diaries, correspondence, and a register of all his known photographs, provided me with the means of accessing this group of fundamentally important primary source materials. From the outset, the ambition of this collaborative project was to create the first scholarly account of Carroll’s career as an amateur photographer and publish Wakeling’s register along with an illustration of every image in the Princeton University collections. My text traces Carroll’s twenty-four year career as an amateur photographer, and for the first time uses his diary entries and correspondence to create an accurate chronology of individual photographs. In particular my narrative dispels many of the myths and misunderstandings surrounding Carroll’s photographs of children by placing them within their social and cultural context. The book was well received, with one review claiming that “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' cited at http://press.princeton.edu/titles/7241.html Award winner for the 2002 Kraszna-Krausz International Photographic Book Award and Winner of 2002 New York Book Show Award.


RAE 2008, UoA 63 Art and Design


Taylor, R.J and Wakeling, E. (2002) Lewis Carroll Photographer: The Princeton Albums.USA: Princeton University Press.


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