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Julia Margaret Cameron
British, May 1865
Albumen silver print
10 1/2 x 8 3/8 in.
84.XZ.186.32

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Cameron found in the camera a tool to express her beliefs in the idealizing and transformative power of art. Cameron portrayed her family and intimate friends, directing them to stage her own imagery. The British poet Henry Taylor was an important model for her. Here he appears as Prospero from Shakespeare's play The Tempest. Cameron's pictorial exploration of the medium, her rejection of conventional focus, and her theatrical use of light were atypical for the time.