Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

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I aspire to ennoble photography, to give it the tenor and the proper uses of the Fine Arts, combining the real with the ideal, without the devotion to poetry and beauty sacrificing in any way the Julia Margaret Cameron December 31, 1844

"This is the story of a great woman and a wonderful artist." Julia was born in the year 1812 in Calcutta, in an aristocratic Anglo-French family, his father was an English officer in the East India Company, but it was in France, which was his mother's country of origin, where he received much of his education. He would then live in Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, where he would meet astronomer John Herschel, who later introduced it to photography, sending him samples of the new invention in 1842, Herschel would be Julia's lifelong friend and mentor. In that stay in South Africa he would marry Charles Hay Cameron, after a decade in India, the family Cameron moves to England, to the town of Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. It was in Victorian England, named after the reign of Victoria (1837-1901) would be the place where Julia would become a photographer and develop her entire career.

The most interesting thing about Julia is how she had crossed the border between the lover of the art of the creator, she became the defender of photography as art, her great strong will and great talent turned her into one of the Most important and innovative names within the nineteenth century photography.

Julia poetry such tension, such courage and such passion that was the best promoter of his own work, which he trusted so much despite the hard And terrible criticism he had to endure for his technique and style that harvested from very early unconventional for the moment. She wanted to electrify and surprise

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To understand and understand Julia's work, it is important to understand how she approached the technical aspects. She was the first person who had the intelligence to see that his mistakes were his success, and from there his portraits would be systematically out of focus. At that time the usual method was the making of photographic copies in paper from the negatives formed in plates of wet collodion. It was a complex technique, requiring skill and speed throughout the photographic process, which needed to keep those plates wet. Often they collected marks of scratches, scrapes or specks of dust, which were then transferred to the paper showing imperfections in the final image. She accepted the presence of those small accidents that today are considered so characteristic of its production. In their time they were frequently criticized and considered as oversights from the specialized press in photography. She had such a brutal emotional intelligence that they came to say that it was the woman with rhinoceros skin.

Cameron started the road towards the consideration of photography as a new artistic expression, opened paths little exploited until then in the middle of the photographic, irreversibly influencing future generations.

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