Annals of My Glass House: Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron

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Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, 1996 - Photography - 63 pages
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Annals of My Glass House highlights the work of the most famous Victorian woman photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron. Although she did not begin her career until the age of 49, after rearing six children, she produced almost 3,000 photographs from 1864 until her death in 1879.

Violet Hamilton's examination of Cameron's photography begins with her first successful recorded work in 1864 and ends in 1874 with her brief autobiography, "Annals of My Glass House", included here. The major thematic categories of her work are considered, including her portraits of prominent Victorians, poetic interpretations of Madonnas and children, and illustrations for Alfred, Lord Tennyson's Idylls of the King. Among Cameron's photographs are intimate studies of her own family and powerful portraits of Victorian artists, writers, and scientists, including historian Thomas Carlyle and astronomer Sir John Herschel.

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Julia Margaret Cameron, 1815 - 1879 Photographer Julia Margaret Cameron was born in Calcutta in 1815 to a wealthy British family. She was educated in France and England and, in 1824; she married the jurist Charles Hay Cameron. They settled in Sri Lanka where he worked on the legal code of the country and acquired several coffee plantations. In 1848, the Camerons returned to England. At the age of 48, Cameron received a camera as a gift from her two daughters and embraced photography. She had her garden greenhouse converted to a darkroom and studio. Her first photograph produced was entitled Annie, My First Success in 1864. She then did a series of portraits of great men of her day that included Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Charles Darwin; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Robert Browning and Sir John Herschel. Cameron pioneered several techniques designed to heighten the expressive possibilities of the portrait, which included soft focus and carefully blurred images, the narrow close-up, and harsh lighting. Her costume pieces illustrated religious, literary, poetic and mythological themes. She produced many studio tableaux and book illustrations Cameron returned to Sri Lanka in 1875 and, with the exception of a few photographs, gave up photography. In 1879, Julia Margaret Cameron died.

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