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Lewis Carroll

Photography on the Move

Though he’s known now primarily as the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, in his lifetime Lewis Carroll was interested at least as much in photography as in writing. This book offers a close look at Carroll’s engagement with the medium, both as a creator and a collector of photographs. Lindsay Smith takes readers to the glass studio above Carroll’s college rooms at Oxford, where he created many of his striking portraits, and she also follows him into the field—on excursions to the theater in London, to the seaside at Eastbourne, and even to Russia. Smith also details Carroll’s enthusiastic work as a collector, in which role he arranged portrait sittings for photographers whose work he admired.

Beautifully illustrated with a generous selection of Carroll’s work and that of other photographers of the period, this book gives fans of Carroll’s writing a new way to understand his creative genius.

336 pages | 30 color plates, 70 halftones | 6 3/5 x 9 | © 2015

Art: Photography

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“Through Carroll and his photographs, Lindsay explores the man, the collector, and the outsider, forever trying to see, understand, and be part of his work. It’s too easy to see Carroll’s photographs as proof of modern opinion against him, and reading Lewis Carroll: Photography on the Move, you are reminded not only of the difference in how photographs of children were once viewed, but also how collecting may have been a greater passion than the subjects . . . informative, entertaining, and a joy to read. The photographs are reproduced in lovely quality and many of them are unfamiliar. It certainly does give a new and refreshingly unscandalised examination of this intriguing Victorian photographer.”

The Kissed Mouth

Table of Contents

1. ‘The [Glass] House’: Christ Church, Oxford 
2. Carroll on the Train 
3. The Play House: Carroll at the Theatre in London 
4. Carroll in St Russia: Shopping for Photographs and Icons 
5. Ore House, Hastings: Stammering, Speech Therapy and the Voice of Infancy 
6. Lushington Road, Eastbourne  
Photo Acknowledgements 

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