Julia Margaret Cameron
(11 June 1815 – 26 January 1879) was a British photographer. She became known for her portraits of celebrities of the time, and for photographs with Arthurian and other legendary or heroic themes. Cameron's photographic career was short, spanning eleven years of her life (1864–1875). She took up photography at the relatively late age of 48, when she was given a camera as a present. Although her style was not widely appreciated in her own day, her work has had an impact on modern photographers, especially her closely cropped portraits.
In 1863, when Cameron was 48 years old, her daughter gave her a camera as a present, thereby starting her career as a photographer. Within a year, Cameron became a member of the Photographic Societies of London and Scotland. In her photography, Cameron strove to capture beauty. She wrote, "I longed to arrest all the beauty that came before me and at length the longing has been satisfied."
(This is my goal as well and.this is exactly how I feel!! But she put it into words so much better than I can)
The bulk of Cameron's photographs fit into two categories—closely framed portraits and illustrative allegories based on religious and literary works. In the allegorical works in particular, her artistic influence was clearly Pre-Raphaelite, with far-away looks, limp poses, and soft lighting.
Lord Tennyson, her neighbour on the Isle of Wight, often brought friends to see the photographer and her works. Cameron's friendship with Tennyson led to him asking her to photograph illustrations for his
Idylls of the King
Here are a few of Julia Margaret Cameron's portraits.
I've always loved Julia Margaret Cameron's work. I especially love it even more now that I know she only started photography at age 48...which is very encouraging to me.
Here are a few shots Hannah and I did that are inspired by her work.