Photographs that… electrify you with delight and startle the world.
– Julia Margaret Cameron
A pioneer of photographic portraiture, Julia Margaret Cameron remains one of the most influential and innovative photographers of the 19th century.
Using the camera to convey both tenderness and strength, Cameron introduced an emotive sensibility to early photographic portraiture. At the time, her work was controversial and her unconventional techniques attracted both praise and criticism.
Drawn from the extensive collection of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the exhibition features over 100 photographs that trace Cameron’s early ambition and mastery of the medium. A series of letters will also be on display, along with select photographs sourced from Australian institutions.
This year marks the bicentenary of Cameron’s birth and 150 years since her first exhibition was held at the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum).