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Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879)

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879)

Julia Margaret Cameron, despite having only practised the medium for eleven years, is one of the most celebrated British photographers of the 19th century. One of the first photographers to explore both narrative and atmosphere in her portraiture, Cameron also left an archive that catalogues the great and the good of her time.

Cameron was born in June, 1815, in Calcutta, India. Her father was a British official of the East India Company and her mother was the daughter of a family of French aristocrats. Her great niece, Virginia Woolf, wrote of her and her two sisters in 1926, ‘where ... (one) was Beauty; and (one) was Dash; Mrs. Cameron was undoubtedly Talent.’

Cameron had an inventive imagination and her portraits were not simply representational, but showed expression, detail and narrative.

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