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Friday, November 27, 2009

The Photography of Julia Margaret Cameron

"I longed to arrest all the beauty that came before me and at length the longing has been satisfied." - Julia Margaret Cameron

I can't remember how I first discovered Julia Margaret Cameron, but whenever I look again at her photography I'm astounded by it's beauty and intensity. For the era that she lived her portraiture especially is groundbreaking in its immediacy. When you consider that these images were not taken with a click of the button, but with the subjects sitting for the lengthy periods of time necessary in early photography, the intimacy of her work is astounding.

Self Portrait, 1862

Whisper of the Muse, 1865

The Parting of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, 1874

Sir Galahad and the Nun, 1874

Charles H. Cameron as King Lear, 1872

Elaine, 1875

The May Queen, 1874

Sadness, 1864

The Mountain Nymph, Sweet Liberty, 1866

Julia Jackson, 1867 (mother of Virginia Woolf)

The Gipsy, 1865

Miss Magdalene Brookfield, 1865

Beatrice, 1866

Maud, 1875

Julia and Charles Norman, 1864

The Kiss of Peace, 1869

Gareth and Lynette, 1874

H.W. Longfellow, 1868

Charles Darwin, 1868

Robert Browning, 1865

A. Tennyson, 1865

Prayer, 1866

Paul and Virginia, 1864

Daisy Bradley, 1864

Cupid Reposing, 1872

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful photography. Though it was said that she lacked technical abilities, I think her photos are perfect.


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