Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, has long been acknowledged as a significant Victorian photographer who created a rich and compelling photographic portrait of childhood. Drawing upon research from her recently published book, Lewis Carroll’s Photography and Modern Childhood, Diane Waggoner will provide an overview of Carroll’s photographic activities and changing pre-occupations during the almost twenty-five years in which he practiced the art, looking closely at his pictures of Alice Liddell and her sisters, schoolboys, and children dressing up.
Diane Waggoner is curator of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University. She has contributed to several publications on photography and curated numerous exhibitions, including The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848-1875 (2010) and East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography (2017). In 2020, she published the monograph, Lewis Carroll's Photography and Modern Childhood (Princeton University Press).
Presented on June 19, 2021.