Female Victorian photographers didn’t exist but Mrs Cameron did! She was an eccentric Victorian socialite establishing herself among the London’s cultural elite. She formed her own salon frequented by distinguished Victorians at the coastal village of Freshwater, IOW.
She was a prolific writer and would entertain many distinguished guests. Charles Darwin, Alfred Lord Tennyson to name a few. Pre Raphaelite artists, scientists, writers, poets and muses. She was one of the most innovative photographers creating illustrative images depicting characters from mythology, Christianity, and literature. She also produced beautifully sensitive portraits of women and children. The Victorians had never seen this style of photography and it wasn’t always well received by the photography establishment.
Using her coal house as a darkroom and her chicken shed as a studio, she would go on to create a unique style of soft-focus portraits of famous men, women, using many servants and locals as models. All this achieved from the age of 48 and with the birth of Photography only 20 years before!
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