Known as the greatest pictorialist of her day, Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879) came to photography late in life, bringing years of literary and artistic experience to what was still a relatively new medium. She believed the camera was a tool of expression and resolved to reconcile traditional art content with modern forms of expression. The first volume in the series to examine the work of a nineteenth-century photographer, In Focus: Julia Margaret Cameron examines her passion for the divine art and deeply seated love of the beautiful that are clearly revealed by her compelling pictures.
Of the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection of Cameron photographs, approximately fifty of them are presented in this volume. The plates are accompanied by commentaries written by Julian Cox, former assistant curator of photographs at the Getty Museum who, along with Judy Dater, David Featherstone, Joanne Lukitsch, Weston Naef, Pamela Roberts, and Robert Woof, participated in a colloquium on Cameron and her work. An edited transcript of this discussion and a chronological overview of Cameron's life are also included.