See Striking Photos From the Pioneering Photographer of the Victorian Age: Julia Margaret Cameron
As the site Women You Should Know puts it, Julia Margaret Cameron was the British Annie Leibovitz of the Victorian Era, having paved the way for techniques in modern photography that we still use today.
Cameron, born in 1815, was 48-years-old when her daughter and son-in-law gifted her with her very first camera. At the time, Cameron was "a mother of six, and a deeply religious, well read, somewhat eccentric friend of many of Victorian England’s greatest minds" including Robert Browning, Charles Darwin, and Thomas Carlyle.
"From the first moment I handled my lens with a tender ardour," she wrote, according to The MET, "It has become to me as a living thing, with voice and memory and creative vigour."
Though the style of her photographs were, at the time, very unusual (and since she had no knowledge of what photography was "supposed" to be), she developed her own version, proving to be ahead of her time.
After about 12 years of photography, Cameron had "produced perhaps 900 images — a gallery of vivid portraits and a mirror of the Victorian soul."
Today, Women You Should Know writes, Cameron is "now revered as [one of] the first examples of photography as art that continue to influence modern photography today."
Click through the gallery above to see some of Cameron's photographs.
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"Beatrice" by Julia Margaret Cameron Photo Credit: VCG Wilson/Corbis via Getty Image
"Young Ceylonese Woman Plantation Worker" by Julia Margaret Cameron Photo Credit: SSPL/Getty Images
"Summer Days" by Julia Margaret Cameron Photo Credit: Historical Picture Archive/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images
"Prayer" by Julia Margaret Cameron Photo Credit: Julia Margaret Cameron/Getty Images
"Isabel and Adeline Somers" by Julia Margaret Cameron Photo Credit: SSPL/Getty Images
"Allegorical portrait of Kate Dore" by Julia Margaret Cameron Photo Credit: SSPL/Getty Images