Known the world over for his stories of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass,Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) also pursued a photographic career, brought together in this collection of 55 photographs. Compelling portraits of Alice Liddell, his inspiration for his popular novel, and other children are presented alongside those of his family members and eminent Victorians such as Alfred Lord Tennyson and John Everett Millais. We enter Carroll's wonderfully strange world with studies of anatomical skeletons taken during his years spent at Christ Church College, Oxford. A dedicated and prolific photographer, Carroll created approximately 3,000 images during his twenty-five years of photographic activity. Carroll enthusiasts and novices alike, as well as anyone interested in Victorian England or the history of photography, will find this monograph irresistibly essential.
Sandra S. Phillips is senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A photographic historian and former curator of the Vassar Art Gallery in Poughkeepsie, New York, she has been responsible for many major exhibitions including `William Klein New York 1954-55' (1995) and `Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence' (1997). She organized the first survey of the world of the important postwar Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama in 1999, presented the first complete showing of the photographs, prints and writings of Diane Arbus in 2003 and curated `Mexico as Muse: Edward Weston and Tina Modotti' in 2006, to considerable acclaim. A prolific author, her books include numerous exhibition catalogues, and her articles and essays have appeared regularly in books and journals. She has also taught the history of photography throughout her career and has lectured extensively in institutions ranging from San Francisco State University to Musashino Art Uni.