One of the most notable photographers of the 19th century, Julia Margaret Cameron became known for the beautiful and delicate portraits she took throughout her relatively short-lived career. Revisit the impressive works of the British master portraitist after the jump!
“I longed to arrest all beauty that came before me, and at length the longing has been satisfied.”
British 19th century portraitist Julia Margaret Cameron was once quoted saying the words of wisdom above, and seeing her photos, one can’t help but feel that she was indeed successful in immortalizing the natural beauty of her chosen subjects. She photographed both men and women, young and old, actresses and intellectuals, and created some of the most impressive portraits of her time. Even Charles Darwin, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Sir Henry Taylor, and Sir John Herschel looked fascinating and graceful in their pensive portraits.
Heavily influenced by Pre-Raphaelite art, Cameron’s work is characterized by soft-focused and cropped portraits, her subjects made to pose and look like some of the religious and literary characters from the art movement. As one of the first photographers who used the Petzval Lens invented in 1840, Cameron’s work is a testament of the beginnings of portraiture and how powerful it can be, whether to capture a subject’s natural beauty or tell a story.
Take a look at some more of Julia Margaret Cameron’s delicate portraiture below: