The photographer Dodgson

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Writers Biographies
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The photographer Dodgson

Carroll had taken up photography in 1856, around the time he met the Liddell family. He was fascinated by the technical demands of photography, then a much more difficult hobby than it is today. Subjects were required to sit still for long periods while the photographer managed with heavy equipment. In Carroll's 24 years as an amateur photographer, he virtually mastered the art form. His photographs are considered among the best examples of Victorian photography. "His ability to establish a good contact with the sitters, the way he held their attention, his composition - there is no other photographer working in that way with that consistency in the whole history of photography," said Roger Taylor, who co-wrote a book about Carroll's photography.Carroll's success as a photographer and writer made him friends with other artists of the pre-Raphaelite period. He counted among his friends the poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, painter John Everett Millais and fantasy writer George MacDonald. His friends and their families served as subjects for his photography, along with other well-known sitters.He is considered one of the best amateur photographers of his time, particularly in his images of Victorian children, fellow scholars, and noted figures of his day, including Alfred Lord Tennyson, and members the Rossetti family.

Lewis Carroll, Amy Hughes, 1863

Lewis Carroll, Florence Terry as a Turk, 1875

Lewis Carroll, Xie Kitchin as Chinaman, 1873

Lewis Carroll, Alfred, Lord Tennyson

This photographic outfit belonged to Lewis Carroll. Dodgson used the wet collodion glass negative invented in 1851 . The glass plate had to be sensitized in a special tank immediately before use, and developed straight away, and so a portable outfit of chemicals and utensils had to be carried when working outside the studio. Positive prints were then made at leisure, by the albumen process. The process was difficult and time-consuming, but it fascinated Dodgson.It is thought that he gave up photography when the dry developing process came to the fore, because he felt it made photography so easy that almost anyone could do it (like the introduction of digital photography in our own time?).

Lewis Carroll, The Rossetti Family

Lewis Carroll, Dr. Rolleston and students examining skeleton, 1857.

Lewis Carroll, Caroline and Rosamund Longley.

Lewis Carroll, Prof. Michael Faraday, 1860.

The photographer Charles Dodgson


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