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Who does not know Charles Lutwidge Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll, renowned author of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, published their books since the nineteenth century and up today continue to delight their readers.
But the author of Alice was also for twenty five years - from 1855 to 1880 - a talented photographer, primarily a portraitist, whose favorite subject was the world of childhood.
Middle the circle of artists and writers that revolve around the Pre-Raphaelites, he made many portraits of his friends and their children, including the young Alice Liddell who inspired Lewis Carroll had for his emblematic character.
In his photographic work, found Carroll's fascination for the world of childhood where he was one of the brightest and most frequent portrait. Surely this last conversation with his young models of relationships, deploying treasures of cunning and patience to make them hold up time of installation, which, by its own admission, never lasted less than forty seconds.
But studied attitudes, costumes and the presence of children in some of these photographs are also an echo of Carroll's passion for theater as for "Miniature Paintings", performed by young children, and very popular Victorian public.
More than just put in pictures of his literary universe, his photographs are a true complement.
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