Practice: Curator and Author
Date of Lecture: 1998-01-30
Julian Cox spoke on the occasion of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s exhibition, Julia Margaret Cameron: The Creative Process: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum. Cox, who organized the show, is the assistant curator of photographs at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Known as the “greatest pictorialist of her day,” Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) took up the camera at age forty-eight and created over a thousand images during her lifetime. As a woman artist working in the Victorian era, Cameron was anything but conventional – she promoted her art through exhibitions and sales, and pursued the eminent men of her time (Tennyson, Herschel, Carlyle) as subjects for her lens.
The AGO exhibition included ninety-five widely acclaimed prints by this pioneering photographer. The works ranged from the 1864 photograph that Cameron declared “my first success” to commanding portraits of eminent, mid-19th century artists, poets and scholars, to later works drawn from her stay in Sri Lanka.