The Three Minute Exhibit: Julia Margaret Cameron


A look at Julia Margaret Cameron‘s sensitive and timeless portraits.

It was at the age of 48 that Julia Margaret Cameron was presented a camera by her daughter and son-in-law as a way to curb her loneliness. She was perhaps the first ever portraitist, known for her soft-focus images that were made from collodion glass plate negatives. Many from amongst her peers considered her out of focus renditions to be mistakes. However, for Julia, photography did not take the place of documentation but as a way of experimentation. She was known to have scraped away segments of collodion from the final print and even draw with ink on the same. Julia’s portraits imbibed a moving, sensitive and timeless quality as you will see.

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