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Julia Margaret Cameron

British photographer

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
As the daughter of an official of the East India Company, Cameron spent a number of years in Calcutta, but was educated in England in France. She married Charles Hay Cameron in 1838 and brought up six children. She was given her first camera in 1864 to keep her occupied while her husband and sons tended to the family coffee plantation in Ceylon. She mastered the difficult wet collodion negative and albumen print process, and was later elected as a member to the photographic societies of London and Scotland in 1864. Cameron regarded the recent technical advancements of photography as an intrusion between her and her subject. She often inscribed on her work "From Life," and refused to retouch defects on the negative. Her soft-focus technique gives her images a dream-like quality, often using dramatic and symbolic lighting. Her major work of narrative photography was her "Illustrations to Tennyson's 'Idylls of the King' and Other Poems" (London, 874-1875).

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500118804.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Julia Margaret Cameron:

Julia Margaret Cameron Portrait of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), 1867 Albumen print
Julia Margaret Cameron The Angel at the Sepulchre, ca. 1869 Albumen print
Julia Margaret Cameron Cherub and Seraph, 1865 Albumen print
Julia Margaret Cameron Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1865 Albumen print mounted down on blue paper with printed gold border
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