Julia Margaret Cameron

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At a time when women were looked upon as being homemakers, wives, mothers and such the late 1850's presented a change in pace for one woman in specific. Photography was discovered in 1826 and soon after the phenomenon of photography was being experimented with and in turn brought new and different ways of photo taking not only as documenting real time, but also conceptualizing a scene in which an image would be taken. Julia Margaret Cameron will forever be recorded in the history books as one of the first female photographers to make significant contributions to a field that was ruled by the male counterpart of her time. Julia Margaret Cameron was born 1815 in Calcutta, India and was the fourth child of James and Adeline de l'Etang Pattle. She was one of the seven celebrated Pattle sisters, renowned in Anglo-Indian society for their intelligence and beauty (Cox 5). She married Charles Cameron, a British civil servant and had six children. When Cameron met her future husband in 1835, he was writing his "Essay on the Sublime and Beautiful," a thoughtful text that explores many of the concepts that were to fundamental to her art (Cox14). While living in Calcutta her family belonged to high society and continued the same role after they moved and settled in England in 1848. She new and entertained her friends who were the likes of Tennyson, Herschel, Carlyle, Darwin, Browning, and Longfellow and was able to photograph them because of her closeness to them thus being one of the reasons she has been recorded in history. These were often the only photographs found of these historical figures. She took up photography in middle age: a portrait titled Annie, My First Success is dated 1864 (Newhall 78). After about a month of experiment... ... middle of paper ... ... anchor her name in the history books. Julia Margaret Cameron will always be looked upon as a pioneer of her time and as being one of the first female photographers to make significant contributions in the photographic community. Works Cited Arnason, H.H., and Elizabeth C. Mansfield. History of Modernt Art: Painting Sculpture Architecture Photography. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2010. Print. Cox, Julian, and Julia Margaret. Cameron. In Focus: Julia Margaret Cameron: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum. Santa Monica CA: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996. Print. Newhall, Beaumont. The History of Photography: from 1839 to Present. New York Graphic Soc, 1982. Print. Wolf, Sylvia, Julia Margaret Cameron, Stephanie Lipscomb, Debra N. Mancoff, and Phyllis Rose. Julia Margaret Cameron's Women. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1998. Print

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