Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
[Writer, photographer, mathematician, and logician, b. 1832, Daresbury, Cheshire, England, d. 1898, Guildford, Surrey, England.]

 I wish I dared dispense with all costume. Naked children are so perfectly pure and lovely; but Mrs. Grundy would be furious—it would never do. 
 The recent extraordinary discovery in Photography, as applied in the operations of the mind, has reduced the art of novel-writing to the merest mechanical labour. 
 I confess I do not admire naked boys. They always seem to me to need clothes, whereas one hardly sees why the lovely forms of girls should ever be covered up. 
 Mrs. Hatch came with Beatrice, Ethel, and Evelyn. I photographed all three: Evelyn naked—a kind of photo I have often done lately. 
 If I had the loveliest child in the world to draw or photograph, and found that she had a modest shrinking (however slight, however easily overcome) from being taken nude, I would feel it was a solemn duty owed to God to drop the request altogether. 
 “And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?” 
 They say that we Photographers are a blind race at best; that we learn to look at even the prettiest faces as so much light and shade; that we seldom admire, and never love. This is a delusion I long to break through—if only I could find a young lady to photograph, realizing my ideal of beauty—above all, if her name should be—(why is it, I wonder, that I dote on the name Amelia more than any other word in the English language?)—I feel sure that I could shake off this cold, philosophic lethargy. (1860) 
 If I did not believe I could take such pictures without any lower motive than a pure love of Art, I would not ask it. (Letter to girl's parent) 
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