Julia Margaret Cameron: A Bicentenary Exhibition

Julia Margaret Cameron, Whisper of the Muse, 1865, albumen print, museum no. 44:764. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Julia Margaret Cameron, Whisper of the Muse, 1865, albumen print, museum no. 44:764. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Julia Margaret 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. 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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