Julia Margaret Cameron, St. Agnes
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Guest Gallery Talk: “Hiding in Plain Sight: Stories and Allegories in Julia Margaret Cameron’s Photographs”

June 8, 1:00 pm2:00 pm


Join author and scholar Jeff Rosen for an in-depth discussion of the artworks on view in Arresting Beauty: Julia Margaret Cameron.

This drop-in experience is included with Museum admission and is free for Members. Admission tickets are available at the door or online.


About Jeff Rosen

Headshot of Jeff RosenJeff Rosen writes about the history of photography and the origins of photomechanical printing. His recent publications have focused on the work of the Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron in relation to questions of colonialism and empire, the formation of British national identity, and the cultural symbolism of triumph and mourning as expressed in Cameron’s allegorical photographs. He has published historical essays on the nineteenth-century photographs of Alfred Stieglitz, Eugene Atget, John Thomson, and others, and a long bibliography of historical work on the origins of photolithography and photomechanical reproduction in France.
His most recent book is Julia Margaret Cameron: The Colonial Shadows of Victorian Photography (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Yale University Press, 2024). This follows his earlier monograph, Julia Margaret Cameron’s ‘fancy subjects’: photographic allegories of Victorian identity and empire (Manchester University Press, 2016/17). Jeff is a former professor of art history and a former academic dean who worked at three research universities in Chicago. Most recently he was a Vice President at the Higher Learning Commission, the largest regional accreditor in the country. He is now a Scholar-in-Residence at The Newberry Library, Chicago, where he continues to write on the history of photography.


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Image: Julia Margaret Cameron, St. Agnes (detail), 1872, albumen print © The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A, acquired with the generous assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund. Museum no. RPS.1289-2017

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