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From Life: Julia Margaret Cameron & Victorian Photography

Olsen, Victoria C.

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ISBN 10: 1403960194 / ISBN 13: 9781403960191
Published by Palgrave Macmillan, NY, 2003
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Title: From Life: Julia Margaret Cameron & ...

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, NY

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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From Life tells the story of the greatest portrait photographer of the Victorian age, Julia Margaret Cameron. Born in Calcutta in 1815, she married Charles Hay Cameron in 1865 and settled down to the quiet life of a typical Victorian colonial; but, beneath this conventional exterior, she was increasingly interested in photography, especially the new technologies that would allow images to be reproduced and preserved in a permanent form. Shortly after her marriage she began a long and affectionate correspondence with Sir John Herschel, the world-renowned scientist, who kept her informed about new developments in photography. In 1863, Cameron emerged as the leading portrait photographer of the day. Her work was chronicled in the diaries of her niece, Virginia Woolf, and she produced a series of portraits of distinguished Victorians including Tennyson, Carlyle and Darwin. This is a fascinating and meticulously researched biography of a remarkable female artist who was decades ahead of her time.

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A native New Yorker, Victoria C. Olsen earned a Ph.D. in English literature from Stanford University, where she wrote a dissertation about women and changing definitions of culture in literature and art. After twelve years in California, she returned to New York City and taught essay writing to first-year students at New York University for eleven years. She has published essays in Smithsonian Magazine, Salon, and other online, trade, and scholarly journals; as well as a middle-grade novel, Word Blind, about a Victorian girl with dyslexia.

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