Julia Margaret Cameron

British (1815 - 1879)
Julia Margaret Cameron Mary Hillier and Lizzie Unknown

Biography

Born 1815
Died 1879
Nationality British
Birth place Kolkata
Death place Sri Lanka

Julia Margaret Cameron was one of the most impressive photographers of the nineteenth century. Her photographs taken mainly in the 1860s consisted of religious, literary and allegorical tableaux and portraiture. She can be credited with the introduction of intense spiritual and moral concerns to photography. The poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson was one of her famous sitters. He commissioned a series of photographs to illustrate his 'Idylls of the King'. After Cameron's death, her pictures were published in the photographic journal 'Camera Work' and influenced and inspired the Pictorialists.

Glossary terms

  • A print with the chemicals carried in a film of egg white to give a clear, detailed image.

  • A 19th century movement among photographers who explored the artistic potential of the new technology, looking to paintings for stylistic models.