Calcutta 1815 – Ceylon 1879)
Julia Margaret Cameron devoted herself to photography late in life, portraying her many friends. She was surrounding by a lively cultural milieu: her neighbors included some of the most illustrious figures of the age, especially pre-Raphaelite painters, who especially inspired Julia for her works. Her photographs are mostly costume portraits, tableaux vivants where family members and friends interpret episodes from literature. From this point of view, Cameron was an emblematic protagonist of the painting movement. But what makes her work so unique is her constant search for the poetic aura of the people portrayed by overturning the technical rules and using evanescent and out-of-focus effects.