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Julia Margaret Cameron
Lukitsh, Joanne.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York, NY : Phaidon Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
125 pages : illustrations ; 16 cm.

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TR780 .L75 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
TR780 .L75 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This volume - investigating the work of a particular photographer, in this case, Julia Margaret Cameron - comprises a 4000-word essay by an expert in the field, 55 photographs presented chronologically, each with a commentary, and a biography of the featured photographer.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Written and compiled by Lukitsh (art history, Massachusetts Coll. of Art, Boston; Julia Margaret Cameron: Her Work and Career), this small-format book on 19th-century photographer Cameron (1815-79) features high-quality reproductions with detailed captions. The text is succinct and engaging, revealing how Cameron produced the main body of her work, beginning with a description of the difficult glass-plate negative process. Most of her images are portraits or tableaux vivants based on Bible or literary characters, and her style is remarkable for its imaginative use of natural light and focus. Lukitsh also describes Cameron's social and artistic circle, which included painter George Watts, Thomas Carlyle, Dante and Christina Rossetti, and Charles Darwin. While the book would have benefited from a short bibliography, it does provide a chronology of Cameron's life and work. The "Phaidon 55" series features dozens of photographers and photojournalists ranging in style from traditional to innovative whose work is presented in simply designed and attractive little books that are very affordable. Larger public and academic libraries should consider acquiring the entire series each year for photographic and fine arts collections. Kathleen Collins, Bank of America Corporate Archives, San Francisco (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

One of this publisher's series of monographs on famous photographers, this is a brief introduction, 55 reproductions with individual captions, and an artist's chronology. Cameron (1815-78) was one of the most influential allegorical and portrait photographers of the high Victorian era. Lukitsh, a professor of art history at the Massachusetts College of Art, has written elsewhere on Cameron, notably as a contributor to the book of Cameron's photographs (Julian Cox et al., Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs, CH, Nov'03, 41-1362). The introductory essay is generalized in nature, giving the basic facts about Cameron's life and work. The captions for each photograph identify the sitter, explain the quality of the photograph, and comment on the pictorial quality of the image. The reproductions are of fair quality in their attempt to appear like Cameron's 19th-century prints. This is a publication for a popular audience; a serious student should look elsewhere in the voluminous Cameron bibliography for more substantial commentary. ^BSumming Up: Optional. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. P. C. Bunnell emeritus, Princeton University