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Presented with her first camera in 1863 at the age of 48, Julia Margaret Cameron went on to create an unrivalled collection of immortal portraits.

Julia Margaret Cameron was presented with her first camera in 1863 at the age of 48. During the fifteen years that followed, she embraced photography with a passion bordering on obsession and set out to make portraits to rank with those of George Frederic Watts, religious pictures as significant as those painted in the Renaissance, and literary illustrations to rival those of the Pre-Raphaelites. She is now recognised as one of the most influential figures in the history of photography.

Cameron created an unrivalled collection of immortal portraits, characterised by their remarkable intimacy and psychological intensity. Her subjects were some of the key figures of her age, including Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Charles Darwin, Thomas Carlyle, and Ellen Terry.

In little more than a decade, Cameron produced an astonishing body of photographic work. For the first time, this exhibition brought together 120 of the finest prints of her most important images.

This exhibition toured to the National Portrait Gallery, London and the J. Paul Getty Museum, California.

Gretchen, 1870, Julia Margaret Cameron © Science Museum Group collection © Science Museum Group collection
Gretchen, 1870, Julia Margaret Cameron

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