Last Updated July 13, 2018
Alfred Lord Tennyson by Julia Margaret Cameron, Courtesy JMC Trust

Julia Margaret Cameron

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Website: Visit website
Address: The Julia Margaret Cameron Trust
Dimbola Museum and Galleries
Terrace Lane
Freshwater Bay
UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1983 756814

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People and portraits
Influence: Historically influential or important






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Browning's Sordello by Julia Margaret Cameron, Courtesy JMC Trust
The Gardener's Daughter by Julia Margaret Cameron, Courtesy JMC Trust
Gareth and Lynette by Julia Margaret Cameron, Courtesy JMC Trust
Ellen Terry by Julia Margaret Cameron, Courtesy JMC Trust
Sir Henry Cotton by Julia Margaret Cameron, Courtesy JMC Trust
Amongst the Flowers by Julia Margaret Cameron, Courtesy JMC Trust
Sir John Herschel by Julia Margaret Cameron, Courtesy JMC Trust
Clinton Parry by Julia Margaret Cameron, Courtesy JMC Trust
The May Queen by Julia Margaret Cameron, Courtesy JMC Trust
Vivien and Merlin by Julia Margaret Cameron, Courtesy JMC Trust
Romeo and Juliet by Julia Margaret Cameron, Courtesy JMC Trust
DESCRIPTION / BIOGRAPHY
Born in Calcutta in 1815, Julia Margaret Cameron was a pioneering British photographer, known for her portraits of literary and artistic luminaries of the late 19th Century.

Although her career only spanned 11 years – between 1864 and 1875 – she is considered one of the most important early photographers, and she is now recognised the world over as a pioneer of photography as art.

Her photographic career started when, at the age of 48, she was given a camera by her daughter. A woman ahead of her time, she was ambitious and freethinking when most Victorian women were passive and demure. She took to photography, a activity dominated by men at the time, with great gusto and within a year she had become a member of the Photographic Societies of London and Scotland.

She took on the challenges of handling large cameras and dangerous chemicals at a time when photography was in its infancy. Ignoring conventions, she experimented with composition and focus. Today she is credited with creating the first photographic close-up portraits and influencing the subsequent Pictorialism movement with her use of diffused focus. Her style was not fully appreciated by photographers of her day, and she found more acceptance among pre-Raphaelite artists. However her pioneering techniques and compositions have influenced modern photographers.

Her portraits of ‘famous men and fair women’, reflect her time within the 'Freshwater Circle' - a group of artists,writers and poets who either lived nearby, or visited, the Freshwater Bay area of the Isle of Wight.

Her famous subjects included Charles Darwin, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, John Everett Millais, William Michael Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Ellen Terry, and George Frederic Watts.

The majority of her photographic work was created at Dimbola Lodge, Cameron's Isle of Wight home. It is now owned by the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust, which runs the Dimbola Museum and Galleries.

Her work is found in major archives the world over, including Dimbola's own growing permanent collection.

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