My aspirations are to ennoble Photography and to secure for it the character and uses of High art by combining the real & Ideal & sacrificing nothing of Truth by all possible devotion to Poetry & beauty. [Letter to Sir John Herschel, qtd. in Friedwald 50]

G. F. Watts's portrait of Julia Margaret Cameron, 1850-52, © National Portrait Gallery, London. Courtesy of the gallery.

Biographical Material and Criticism



Barlow, Helen. "Cameron [née Pattle], Julia Margaret (1815–1879), photographer." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online ed. Web. 1 March 2015.

Cameron, Julia M. Preface. Leonora, by Gottfried Augustus Bürger, trans. Cameron, illus. Daniel Maclise. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1847. v-viii. Internet Archive. Contributed by the University of Oxford. Web. 1 March 2015.

Ford, Colin. "Geniuses, Poets, and Painters: The World of Julia Margaret Cameron." In Julia Margaret Cameron: the Complete Photographs. By Julian Cox and Colin Ford, with contributions by Joanne Lukitsh and Philippa Wright. Los Angeles: Getty Publications / Christopher Hudson, 2003. 11-39.

_____. Julia Margaret Cameron: A Critical Biography. London: National Portrait Gallery, 2003.

Friedewald, Boris. Women Photographers: From Julia Margaret Cameron to Cindy Sherman. Mumich, London and New York: Prestel, 2014.

Gernsheim, Helmut. A Concise History of Photography. 3rd revised ed. Mineola, NY: Dover, 1986.

Hannavy, John. Masters of Victorian Photography. New York: Holmes & Meier, 1976.

Olsen, Victoria. From Life: Julia Margaret Cameron and Victorian Photography. London: Aurum Press, 2003.

Roberts, Pam. "Julia Margaret Cameron: A Triumph over Criticism." In The Portrait in Photography. Ed. Graham Clarke. London: Reaktion Books, 1992. 47-70.

Wilson, A. N. "Julia Margaret Cameron." In Eminent Victorians. London: BBC Books, 1989. 203-36.

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