Lewis Carroll's Photography and Modern Childhood

About the Author

Diane Waggoner is curator of nineteenth-century photographs at the National Gallery of Art. Her books include The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888–1978 (Princeton), The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848–1875, and East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Lewis Carroll's Photography and Modern Childhood

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by Diane Waggoner
Lewis Carroll began photographing children in the mid-nineteenth century, at a time when the young medium of photography was opening up new possibilities for visual representation and the notion of childhood itself was in transition. In this lavishly illustrated book, Diane Waggoner offers the first comprehensive account of Carroll as a photographer of modern childhood, exploring how his photographs of children gave visual form to emerging conceptions of childhood in the Victorian age.
  • Hardcover
  • 280 pages
  • 9 × 1 × 10.5 inches
  • Published 2020

Editorial Reviews

"The best book yet written on Dodgson’s photography. Measured in tone and thickly referenced, it is also refreshingly open to seeing both sides of an argument. In this sense it reads as much like a book written by Carroll as one about him." —Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, V&A Magazine

"Diane Waggoner has written the first truly contextual, art historical account of Lewis Carroll's photographs of children."—Morna O’Neill, author of Walter Crane: The Arts and Crafts, Painting, and Politics, 1875–1890

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