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The Victorian Revolutionary of Photographic Portraiture

Photography // Monday, 19 May 2014
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In 1863 at the age of 48, Julia Margaret Cameron received her first camera and immediately formed a passion for it, soon joining the photographic societies of London and Scotland. She primarily chose to photograph portraits and utilized the motion blur of longer exposures and carefully guided light to create her highly stylized images. Many of her photographs referenced religious iconography with many photographic representations of angels and the Virgin Mary, as well as visual references to mythology and Renaissance painting. “I longed to arrest all beauty that came before me,” said Cameron, “and at length the longing has been satisfied.”

text by Canbra Hodsdon

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