15 October 2011 – 19 February 2012
A small display featuring portraits of children by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79), one of the most influential figures in early photography.
The images explored Cameron’s vision of childhood, in which children are sacred and the embodiment of innocence. She strove to establish photography as an art form, using soft focus and compositions inspired by Renaissance paintings, and incorporating the irregularities of early photographic processes in her pictures. In doing so, her portraits succeed in conveying the emotional and spiritual aura of the sitter.