Review: Margaret Hawker’s “The Great Photographers: Julia Margaret Cameron”

by writereaderly

Julia Margaret Cameron was given her first camera in 1863, at the age of 48, and over the next 15 years took portraits of Tennyson, Alice (of in Wonderland fame), Longfellow, John Herschel (but not his sister Caroline, who was the first to spot a comet), Ellen Terry, Thomas Carlyle, and other male luminaries and female beauties of her social circle. She photographed in the era and sometimes the style of the Pre-Raphaelites, and her portraits are apparently unique for the time. Many of them are quite beautiful and particularly revelatory of the sitter’s character, and her work illustrated an edition of Tennyson’s Idylls of the King. It was a pleasure to add her work to my understanding of the Pre-Raphaelites and their aesthetic, and to my knowledge of photographic techniques and history.

Where it came from: DC’s Bookshelf
Time & manner of reading: At the kitchen table, in one commentary-sharing go
Where it went to: Home
Reminds me of: The fact that famous, successful women artists are deliberately forgotten in the greater blokocracy
Who I’d recommend it to: Lovely addition to your knowledge of mid-19th century British artists, poets, etc.
Also reading: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene; The Reivers by William Faulkner; Moby Dick by Herman Melville; Working Hot by Mary Fallon

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