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Exhibition: Julia Margaret Cameron: A Bicentenary Exhibition

The V&A is holding a major exhibition to explore the contribution of Julia Margaret Cameron's contributions to the art of photography. Cameron (1815-1879) was one of the most important photographers of the nineteenth century. Criticised in her lifetime for her unconventional technical approach, she is now celebrated as a pioneering portraitist. 2015 will mark the bicentenary of Cameron’s birth and 150 years since her first museum exhibition – the only one in her lifetime – held at the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A) in 1865. Drawing on the V&A’s significant holdings, which include photographs acquired directly from Cameron and letters she wrote to Henry Cole, the museum’s founding director, this exhibition will explore Cameron’s innovative contributions to the art of photography.

The exhibition will tour internationally before and after its presentation at the V&A November 2015-February 2016 to the following venues:

  • Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, 18 November 2014 – 1 February 2015
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, 14 March – 14 June 2015
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 August – 25 October 2015
  • Fundacion Mapfre, Madrid, 8 March – 8 May 2016
  • Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, 29 June - 25 September 2016

The accompanying catalogue will be published by MACK in association with V&A Publishing.

Project Lead:

Marta Weiss, Curator

Project Assistant:

Erika Lederman, Factory Project Cataloguer

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Comment by Giles Hudson on January 6, 2015 at 8:09

Saw this in Moscow - very well displayed. Look forward to the catalogue.

Comment by Isabel Marília Viana e Peres on December 29, 2014 at 17:08

Nothing to Portugal. What pity.

Comment by Jane Buekett on December 29, 2014 at 16:11
Comment by Jonathan Dore on December 29, 2014 at 15:17

Michael, what are the dates of the V&A exhibition?

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