Julia Margaret Cameron

Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Admission: Free 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 21/02/2016
Free Entry
Recommended
 
Opening Times
Monday: 1000 - 1745
Tuesday: 1000 - 1745
Wednesday: 1000 - 1745
Thursday: 1000 - 1745
Friday: 1000 - 2200
Saturday: 1000 - 1745
Sunday: 1000 - 1745
Closed 24, 25 and 26 December.
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This exhibition emphasizes the bicentenary of the birth of photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. She was one of the most important and innovative photographers of the 19th century, known for her portraits during Victoria times.

On display are over 100 of her photographs from the Victoria and Albert's collection. The exhibition will offer a retrospective of Cameron’s work and examine her relationship with the V&A’s founding director, Sir Henry Cole, who in 1865 presented her first museum exhibition and the only one during her lifetime.

Cameron is one of the most celebrated women in the history of photography. She began her photographic career when she received her first camera as a gift from her daughter at the age of 48, and quickly and energetically devoted herself to the art of photography. Within two years Cameron had sold and given her photographs to the South Kensington Museum (today's Victoria and Albert Museum) and in 1868, the Museum granted her the use of two rooms as a portrait studio.

At this time, Cameron’s photographs were highly innovative: intentionally out-of-focus, and often including scratches, smudges and other traces of her process. In her lifetime, Cameron was criticised for her unconventional techniques, but also appreciated for the beauty of her compositions and her conviction that photography was an art form.

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