Julia Margaret Cameron’s Victorian-Era Celebrity Photographs

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Long before Annie Lebovitz was shooting Rolling Stone covers, and over 150 years before Terry Richardson was giving two thumbs up in selfies with his well-known subjects, there was Julia Margaret Cameron, the middle-aged Victorian photographer of the rich, famous, and talented.

Going on through the start of 2014, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is showcasing the three major bodies of her work: portraits of men “great thro’ genius,” women “great thro’ love,” and staged groupings, some of which we’re sharing with those of you that can’t make the trip to Manhattan to see them live.

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson July 4, 1866

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Christabel, 1866

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Pomona, September 1872

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A Study

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Sir John Herschel, April 1867

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Sappho, 1865

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The Mountain Nymph Sweet Liberty, June 1866

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Mrs. Herbert Duckworth, 1867

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King Lear Alotting His Kingdom to His Three Daughters, 1872

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Philip Stanhope Worsley, 1866