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One of the greatest portraitists in the history of photograp hy\, Julia Margaret Cameron (1815&ndash\;1879) blended an unorthodox techni que\, a deeply spiritual sensibility\, and a Pre- Raphaelite&ndash\;inflect ed aesthetic to create a gallery of vivid portraits and a mirror of the Vic torian soul. This will be the first New York City museum exhibition devoted to Cameron's work in nearly a generation\, and the first ever at the Met. The showing of thirty-five works is drawn entirely from the Metropolitan's rich collection\, including major works from the Rubel Collection acquired in 1997 and the Gilman Collection acquired in 2005.

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When she receiv ed her first camera in December 1863 as a gift from her daughter and son-in -law\, Cameron was forty-eight\, a mother of six\, and a deeply religious\, well-read\, somewhat eccentric friend of many notable Victorian artists\, poets\, and thinkers. "From the first moment I handled my lens with a tende r ardour\," she wrote\, "and it has become to me as a living thing\, with v oice and memory and creative vigour." Condemned by some contemporaries for sloppy craftsmanship\, she purposely avoided the perfect resolution and min ute detail that glass negatives permitted\, opting instead for carefully di rected light\, soft focus\, and long exposures that allowed the sitters' sl ight movement to register in her pictures\, instilling them with an uncommo n sense of breath and life.

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The exhibition will feature masterpiece s from each of Cameron's three major bodies of work: portraits of men "grea t thro' genius\," including painter G. F. Watts\, poet Alfred\, Lord Tennys on\, scientist Sir John Herschel\, and philosopher and historian Thomas Car lyle\; women "great thro' love\," including relatives\, neighbors\, and hou sehold staff\, often titled as literary\, historical\, or biblical subjects \; and staged groupings such as her illustrations for Tennyson's Idylls of the King or her Annunciation in the style of Perugino.

DTEND:20140105 DTSTAMP:20140724T042938 DTSTART:20130819 GEO:40.7802083;-73.9630508 LOCATION:The Metropolitan Museum of Art\,1000 Fifth Ave. \nNew York\, NY 10 028-0918 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:JULIA MARGARET CAMERON\, Julia Margaret Cameron UID:285511 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130819T173000 DTSTAMP:20140724T042938 DTSTART:20130819T100000 GEO:40.7802083;-73.9630508 LOCATION:The Metropolitan Museum of Art\,1000 Fifth Ave. \nNew York\, NY 10 028-0918 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:JULIA MARGARET CAMERON\, Julia Margaret Cameron UID:285512 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR