Julia Margaret Cameron at the Met New York

While in New York I couldn’t miss a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, the illustruous museum, one of the lagerst in the world is also one of my favorite for the richness and variety of its collection and for the smart choice of its exhibitions. The retrospective dedicated to 19th century photograph Julia Margaret Cameron was a pleasant surprise: born in 1815 in India, but established in Britain good society, Cameron was one of the greatest early portraitist. Her unique style is immediatly recognizable, definitly influenced by Pre-Raphaelite aesthetics, deeply soulful, alive and feminine. She was first given a camera by her daughter as a gift in 1863 when she was a well established, mother of six woman of 48 years old, from that day she regarded it as an extension of herself.

Judged as an unorthodox amateur by some, she purposely avoided the perfect resolution and minute detail that glass negatives permitted, opting instead for carefully directed light, soft focus, and long exposures that allowed the sitters’ slight movement to register in her pictures.

These 38 portraits, often featuring close friends and family members impersonating mythical figures such as Lancelot, Circe, Guinevere or Mary are instilled with an uncommon sense of breath and life…

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Christabel, 1868

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Mr and Miss Constable 1866

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Kate Keown 1866

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Sir John Herschel 1867

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Sappho, 1865

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daughters of Jerusalem, 1865

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Pomona 1872