Dreaming in Pictures

The Photography of Lewis Carroll
August 3, 2002–January 11, 2004

Before becoming a celebrated author of children’s books under the pen name Lewis Carroll, Oxford mathematics lecturer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was known as a sophisticated and prolific photographer. This exhibition is the first to present an art-historical analysis of Dodgson’s photography — beautiful and unusual works crafted with a distinctly Victorian sensibility and visual vocabulary. The 76 photographs drawn together for Dreaming in Pictures: The Photography of Lewis Carroll represent Dodgson’s images of people, from allegorical and historical tableaux to enigmatic, ethereal portraits of children.

Dreaming in Pictures: The Photography of Lewis Carroll is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Support for this exhibition is generously provided by John Jago Trelawney in memory of his aunt Sallie Benfield.

Lewis Carroll, Xie Kitchin, 1872; collection Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein