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Cameron, Julia Margaret (1815 - 1879)

It was only at the age of 48 that Julia Margaret Cameron began practicing photography, after her daughter had given her a camera as a present. Ambitious and devoted in her art, she aimed at capturing the ‘divine ‘ power of the medium, daring to experiment in portraiture - one of her favorite muses being her niece, Julia, the mother of Virginia Woolf - and proposed scenes resembling the spiritual context and appearance of Renaissance paintings. Refusing to make a commerce of her practice, Julia Margaret Cameron privileged unconventional techniques and aesthetics such as her closely framed theatrical portraits and her artistic allegories of heroic legends and religious scenes that evoked the manner of the Pre Raphaelites whom she was strongly close to. With her mystical and sensual works, the British photographer featured qualities of innocence, virtue and passion as she aimed to ‘ennoble Photography and to secure for it the character and uses of High Art by combining the real and the Ideal and sacrificing nothing of the Truth by all possible devotion to poetry and beauty.’ As photography first intended to be the ally of reality, Julia Margaret Cameron propelled it into the world of fantasy and imagination, opening the way to pictorialism and surrealist photography.

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Julia Margaret Cameron, And Enid Sang, 1874
Julia Margaret Cameron, And Enid Sang, 1874
Julia Margaret Cameron, So like a shatter'd Column lay the King, 1875
Julia Margaret Cameron, So like a shatter'd Column lay the King, 1875
Julia Margaret Cameron, The passing of King Arthur, 1874
Julia Margaret Cameron, The passing of King Arthur, 1874
Julia Margaret Cameron, A Group of Kalutara Peasants, 1878
Julia Margaret Cameron, A Group of Kalutara Peasants, 1878
Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Tennyson, 1874
Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Tennyson, 1874
Julia Margaret Cameron, Divine love, 1865
Julia Margaret Cameron, Divine love, 1865
Julia Margaret Cameron, Elaine, 1875
Julia Margaret Cameron, Elaine, 1875
Julia Margaret Cameron, J.F.W. Herschel, British, Hawkhurst, Kent, 1867
Julia Margaret Cameron, J.F.W. Herschel, British, Hawkhurst, Kent, 1867
Julia Margaret Cameron, King Arthur, 1874
Julia Margaret Cameron, King Arthur, 1874
Julia Margaret Cameron, King Cophetua and the beggar Maid, 1875
Julia Margaret Cameron, King Cophetua and the beggar Maid, 1875
Julia Margaret Cameron, Mariana:
Julia Margaret Cameron, Mariana:"She said I am aweary, aweary, I would that I were dead", 1875
Julia Margaret Cameron, My Favorite Picture of All My Works. My Niece Julia, April 1867
Julia Margaret Cameron, My Favorite Picture of All My Works. My Niece Julia, April 1867
Julia Margaret Cameron, Paul and Virginia, Isle of Wight, 1865
Julia Margaret Cameron, Paul and Virginia, Isle of Wight, 1865
Julia Margaret Cameron, Rachel Gurney:
Julia Margaret Cameron, Rachel Gurney: "I Wait", 1872
Julia Margaret Cameron, Sadness,1864
Julia Margaret Cameron, Sadness,1864
Julia Margaret Cameron, The Angel at the Tomb, 1870
Julia Margaret Cameron, The Angel at the Tomb, 1870
Julia Margaret Cameron, Venus Chiding Cupid and Removing His Wings, 1872
Julia Margaret Cameron, Venus Chiding Cupid and Removing His Wings, 1872
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