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Publication: Julia Margaret Cameron: Photographs to electrify you with delight and startle the world

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79) was one of the most important and innovative photographers of the 19th century. Criticised in her lifetime for her unconventional techniques, she is now celebrated as a pioneering portraitist. 2015 marks the bicentenary of Cameron’s birth and the 150th anniversary of her first museum exhibition – the only one in her lifetime – held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1865.

Drawing on the V&A’s significant collection, which includes photographs acquired directly from Cameron and letters she wrote to the museum’s founding director, Curator Marta Weiss tells the story of Cameron’s artistic development. She also presents, for the first time, a group of photographs recently revealed to have belonged to Cameron’s friend and mentor the artist G.F. Watts. This discovery sheds light on previously unacknowledged aspects of Cameron’s experimental approach.

The book also reveals - for the first time - a view of Cameron's glass house in a photograph by Oscar Rejlander, probably in collaboration with Cameron. You can see the picture in a review of the book here:

The exhibition opens in London on 28 November 2015.

Julia Margaret Cameron: Photographs to electrify you with delight and startle the world
Marta Weiss
MACK, in partnership with Victoria & Albert Museum, London
188 pages, 22 cm x 26 cm, paperback
Publication date: November 2015, shipped from August 2015

Read more here:

The book accompanies a touring exhibition:
Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (18 Nov 2014 – 1 Feb 2015)
Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent (14 March 2015 – 14 June 2015)
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (13 August 2015 – 25 October 2015)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London (28 Nov 2015 – 21 Feb 2016)
Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid (15 March 2016 – 15 May 2016)
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo (2 July 2016 – 19 September 2016)

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