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The Royal Collection contains a significant body of work by women photographers

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79)

Julia Margaret Cameron was given her first camera in 1863. Inspired, she established her own studio and darkroom and began photographing local residents, friends and staff at her home in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. During this time, Cameron developed her own unique style that included works that were intentionally out of focus.

Owing to her unconventional style, Cameron's photographs were largely criticised during the nineteenth century. Her works are now embraced as significant examples of the move towards art photography.

Selected works from the collection

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79)

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79)

Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82)