Mrs. Ewen Hay Cameron
British, born India, 1815–1879
Though chastised by her peers as a poor technician, Julia Margaret Cameron used soft focus and natural, emotive poses to make lyrical portraits of British celebrities and aristocracy, which were often inspired by literature and legend.
Cameron took up photography at the age of forty-eight in 1863 and was among a group of adventurous amateurs who experimented with the difficult photographic process during its early decades. Her work exemplifies women’s important roles in shaping the earliest artistic possibilities of photography.