Today I'm starting my first posting for a series of weekend posts dedicated to the masters of photography. I majored in Art History at university and always loved learning about the people who made photography an art.
Julia Margaret Cameron, an English woman born in India, received a camera as a gift and began her career at the age of 48. She was influenced by Renaissance artists such as Raphael and Michaelangelo. I can really see this influence in the portrait of an "Angel" above which is from 1872. Julia took portraits of her friends and family and famous people of her day such as the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson and the painter George Frederick Watts. She mostly worked out of her home on the Isle of Wight in England.
Julia's pictures have an other-wordly feel to them that was perfectly in tune with the notions of Pre-Raphaelite beauty of the late 1800s. And I love to see a woman photographer who was able to hold her own amongst the men at the birth of photography.