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Dreaming in Pictures: The Photography of Lewis Carroll
     

Dreaming in Pictures: The Photography of Lewis Carroll

by Douglas R. Nickel, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Lewis Carroll, Lewis Carroll
 
Lewis Carroll was the pen name of the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and other beloved children's books. But before achieving fame as an author, Carroll was a prolific and sophisticated photographer, acutely engaged in the art world of Victorian England. This beautifully illustrated book is the first to examine

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Lewis Carroll was the pen name of the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and other beloved children's books. But before achieving fame as an author, Carroll was a prolific and sophisticated photographer, acutely engaged in the art world of Victorian England. This beautifully illustrated book is the first to examine Carroll's photographs not as the sideline of a celebrated writer, but as the creations of a serious photographic artist-and to demonstrate their importance to the history of photography.

Douglas R. Nickel traces the evolution in thought about Carroll's photography in the period since his death, demonstrating the ways it has been viewed largely through the filter of his literary reputation. Key to this have been certain preconceptions built up around Carroll's attitudes toward children, especially Alice Liddell, the inspiration for his first book and the subject of a number of his photographs. Nickel demonstrates how, by overturning the modern myths that have attached themselves to Carroll's photography, the works themselves can be seen again as they were by their original Victorian viewers. This analysis reveals not only Carroll's signal achievement in the medium, but also a new understanding of Victorian art photography in general.

This volume serves as the catalogue for an exhibition organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, on view from August to November, 2002, which then travels to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (February to May 2003), the International Center for Photography in New York (June to September 2003), and the Art Institute of Chicago (October 2003 to January 2004).

Author Biography: Douglas R. Nickel is curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

<%PUBCOMMENTS%>Published in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Published in conjunction with an exhibit that will travel from San Francisco to Houston, New York, and Chicago through January 2004, this volume features the photographic work of the beloved author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Many of Lewis Carroll's photographs are of young girls he knew, often posed in costume with elaborate scenery and props that convey a sense of fantasy similar to that portrayed in his fiction. Curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Nickel focuses on the subject matter of Carroll's photographs and how it relates to the Victorian preoccupation with symbolism in art. He also discusses some previous interpretations of Carroll's work, including speculations about Carroll's personal relationships with the girls in his pictures. This volume is most suitable as a supplement to either of two other books recently published on Carroll's photographs: Roger Taylor and Edward Wakeling's Lewis Carroll: Photographer, a highly detailed overview of Carroll's life as a photographer, suitable for academic libraries; and Morton Cohen's Reflections in a Looking Glass, a solid introduction to Carroll's photography for public libraries. With thoughtful essays and high-quality reproductions, Nickel's book is also recommended for academic or larger public libraries.-Eric Linderman, East Cleveland P.L., OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300091694
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

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