through the wet-plate camera

a couple of Charlie’s portraits over a century and a half ago.

Toronto. Being a photographer – and a good one – in the mid 1800s took exceptional skill and a fine, artistic eye. Author Lewis Carroll (A.K.A. the reverend Chas. Dodgson) was one such person.

In Bruce Downes’s column (Let’s Talk Photography) in the Popular Photograph issue for January 1951, beginning on page 83, discusses Carroll’s portraits and his unique abilities.

The very first full length book I ever read (I was about 10 to 12 years old) was a paperback edition of Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass” so Downes’s column has a particular interest to me as I look back through time to those halcyon days of yesteryear. I eventually read “Alice in Wonderland” and Carroll’s poems such as “The Walrus and the Carpenter

A special big tip of my hat to good friend and photo history maven, George Dunbar, for sharing this trip through time with me.

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