Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press, 1998. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's brown cloth, spine stamped in white, black endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"I longed to arrest all beauty that came before me, and at length the longing has been satisfied" (from Cameron's autobiographical essay "Annals of My Glass House"). Exhibition catalog published on the occasion of a show organized by the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 featuring the painterly portraits of pioneering amateur photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Although she used a camera for the first time when she was close to 50 years old, Cameron produced close to 3000 images in her ten-year career and captured many major 19th-century figures such as Robert Browning, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Charles Darwin. Cameron’s chosen subject, however, was the women she knew, namely her friends and family members, whom she captured with much more enthusiasm and emotion than the primary patriarchs of her time. Illustrated throughout with plates in black-and-white and duotone of Cameron’s mesmerizing and sensually sublime portraits; with essays by exhibition director Sylvia Wolf and scholars Phyllis Rose and Debra N. Mancoff; brief biographies of Cameron’s sitters by Stephanie Lipscomb; and an exhibition checklist, bibliography, and index. Bottom edge of upper board dented; unclipped dust jacket dented with small closed tear to same spot, and slight abrasion to upper joint. All but near fine. Item #3049