Stand There! She Shouted: The Invincible Photographer Julia Margaret Cameron

Stand There! She Shouted: The Invincible Photographer Julia Margaret Cameron

by Susan Goldman Rubin, Bagram Ibatoulline
     
 

The lens turns to Julia Margaret Cameron, an ambitious and fascinating early photographer of 1800s celebrities and romantic staged tableaux.

The girls in Julia Margaret’s family were known as "the beautiful Miss Pattles"— all except her. Plain, short, and clever, Julia Margaret would eventually create her own beauty in the photographs she

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Overview

The lens turns to Julia Margaret Cameron, an ambitious and fascinating early photographer of 1800s celebrities and romantic staged tableaux.

The girls in Julia Margaret’s family were known as "the beautiful Miss Pattles"— all except her. Plain, short, and clever, Julia Margaret would eventually create her own beauty in the photographs she produced. Susan Goldman Rubin follows the groundbreaking photographer from her privileged childhood in Calcutta and Versailles to her role in bohemian salons in England, whose luminaries — Alfred Tennyson and many others — would later pose for her portraits. Commanding and eccentric, Julia Margaret Cameron persuaded children and friends to dress up and hold still for the long sittings needed to stage scenes based on literature and myth. Featuring more than a dozen vintage photographs as well as gorgeous illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline, this engrossing biography illuminates the very beginnings of photography —and the determined woman who made the art form her own.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Maria Russo
Richly illustrated with Cameron's own photos and drawings of her life by Ibatoulline, this biography takes an admiring but playful approach to the pioneering British photographer.
Publishers Weekly
09/29/2014
This accomplished collaboration chronicles the life and work of Julia Margaret Cameron, a 19th-century pioneer of elaborately staged, purposefully out-of-focus photographic portraiture. Cameron's photographs are interspersed with Ibatoulline's (The Matchbox Diary) characteristically lush paintings, the most striking of which are his recreations of Cameron's portrait sittings, where his attention to detail mirrors the photographer's own exacting devotion to her craft. Rubin (Freedom Summer) succinctly traces Cameron's life from a peripatetic childhood split between India and France to her bohemian adult years in England, where literature, art, and theater inspired her dramatically posed portraits. Quotations from Cameron and her subjects (who were forced to sit for hours, sometimes in cumbersome costumes) manifest her strong will and demanding personality. "As a photographer, she was ruthless," writes Rubin. "Children, her favorite subject, feared her." A revealing biography of a passionate, uncompromising artist that simultaneously serves to illuminate the advent of photography and the upper-class Victorian lifestyle. Ages 8–12. Author's agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. Illustrator's agent: Nancy Gallt, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (Sept.)
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Richly illustrated with Cameron’s own photos and drawings of her life by Ibatoulline, this biography takes an admiring but playful approach to the pioneering British photographer.
—New York Times Book Review

This biography of a fascinating pioneer makes for a revealing look at the early days of photography, Victorian society, and gender roles in the nineteenth century. ... Ibatoulline’s illustrations are an amazing complement to Cameron’s included photographs, as they depict her setting the scene and positioning her subjects for her most iconic works. This book offers a visually stunning account of a fascinating life and times.
—Booklist

An accomplished collaboration... Cameron's photographs are interspersed with Ibatoulline's characteristically lush paintings, the most striking of which are his recreations of Cameron's portrait sittings, where his attention to detail mirrors the photographer's own exacting devotion to her craft. Rubin succinctly traces Cameron's life... A revealing biography of a passionate, uncompromising artist that simultaneously serves to illuminate the advent of photography and the upper-class Victorian lifestyle.
—Publishers Weekly

Cameron’s late-blooming career, personal idiosyncrasies, and accessible if quirky photographs make her a good subject for a youth biography, and the spacious layout and beautiful full-page photo reproductions are particularly inviting. Ibatoulline’s spot art and full illustrations approach photorealism as they evoke a mood of Victoriana and often recreate Cameron’s interactions with her subjects. Quotation sources, photo credits, and an index are included, as well as an adult bibliography and list of museums that feature Julia Margaret Cameron’s work.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Ibatoulline has outdone himself—such talent poured out for the enjoyment of children, lucky things!—by channeling the Pre-Raphaelite ethos. This is a sumptuously beautiful book from start to finish.
—The Wall Street Journal

This biography provides an intriguing overview of the life and work of Julia Margaret Cameron, a lesser-known but fascinating historical figure and an important force in the creation of artistic photography. Little has been written about Cameron, especially for young readers, and this biography does a nice job of filling this gap. The book is accessible, and Rubin keeps the narrative moving without weighing it down with too much detail that could deter children. ... Ibatoulline’s rich paintings complement both the text and the examples of Cameron’s own photographs. A wonderful addition to biography collections that sheds light on a little-covered subject.
—School Library Journal

Fascinating, scrupulously researched... Beautifully illustrated.
—Washington Parent

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
This fascinating, scrupulously researched biography of Julia Margaret Cameron will shed light on both the early history of photography and the female artists of the Victorian era. An English girl born in India, Cameron developed a keen appreciation for beauty and the skill to capture her vision through the lens. Her soft-focus portraits were scorned as sentimental and lacking in technique, but Cameron persevered in her photos of children dressed as cherubs and a young couple as Romeo and Juliet. Within a few years, her photographs of scientists and writers, such as Charles Darwin and Alfred Lord Tennyson, were in great demand. By the time of her death, Cameron had taken thousands of photographs and broken new ground for this emerging art form. Beautifully illustrated with acrylic gouache paintings and Cameron’s own photos. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum; Ages 8 to 12.
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Julia Margaret Pattle was unfortunate enough to be the only “ugly” girl in a family of six beautiful sisters. But, she was “clever” and, as it turned out, talented. Born in India (1815) and brought up in France, Julia Margaret married, at twenty-two, Charles Cameron—twice her age and a tea planter in Ceylon. They had six children, later moving to the Isle of Wight, where she was a neighbor of Alfred Lord Tennyson and friend to other artists, writers, and celebrities. Her first camera, received when she was forty-eight, was a gift from her daughter. Cameron worked hard, experimented, and finally learned to use her heavy box camera to compose soft-focus portraits of beautiful adults and children. She was considered a bohemian, since she dressed in loose gowns and Indian shawls, devoted herself to her work, and aggressively sought out subjects for her “artistic” photographs. The subjects suffered agonies, posing motionless for ten minutes and often having to pose again if Cameron was not satisfied. Although her photography, influenced by Renaissance religious art and the English Pre-Raphaelites, was at first rejected by critics, Cameron actively publicized her work and finally in 1865 she had a successful exhibit; her portraits became prized by artists and museums. After eleven years and some 3000 photographs, the Camerons moved back to Ceylon, where Julia Margaret died in 1879. Ibatoulline’s detailed gouache paintings seem as carefully composed as Cameron’s photographs, but sharply focused and in color, giving readers a glimpse into her personal world of artistry. Fascinated viewers see only a few of her works in the book and no portraits of Cameron (about eight exist)—more can be found on the Internet. Rubin provides source notes, a bibliography, and a list of major museums where Cameron’s work might be seen. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft; Ages 12 up.
School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 3–6—This biography provides an intriguing overview of the life and work of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), a lesser-known but fascinating historical figure and an important force in the creation of artistic photography. Little has been written about Cameron, especially for young readers, and this biography does a nice job of filling this gap. The book is accessible, and Rubin keeps the narrative moving without weighing it down with too much detail that could deter children. She offers just enough information on the scientific processes of early photography to bring to life the excitement and impact of the invention of the camera. Extensive source notes document direct quotes, and the book also includes a list of where readers can find Cameron's work in museums in the United States and England. Ibatoulline's rich paintings complement both the text and the examples of Cameron's own photographs. A wonderful addition to biography collections that sheds light on a little-covered subject.—Ellen Norton, White Oak Library District, Crest Hill, IL
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-29
This handsomely designed and illustrated biography introduces readers to the groundbreaking Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.The plain and short Julia Margaret was the odd one out in a family whose girls were known as "the beautiful Miss Pattles." Rubin engagingly chronicles Cameron's life from her privileged childhood in the cities of Calcutta and Versailles to her role in bohemian salons in England, whose luminaries, such as Charles Darwin and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, would later pose for her portraits. A ruthlessly meticulous, obsessive perfectionist, the commanding and eccentric photographer persuaded children and friends to dress up and hold still for the long sittings needed to stage scenes based on literature and myth. Rubin, author of many books about visual artists, clearly and concisely explains Cameron's aesthetic sensibilities. In addition to the more than a dozen period photographs, including several by Cameron, are elegant illustrations by Ibatoulline emulating the pre-Raphaelite style of the time.An informative, engrossing biography about a clever, determined woman who, at the beginnings of photography, made the art form uniquely her own. (source notes, bibliography, museum directory, index) (Biography. 10-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763657536
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/09/2014
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
717,801
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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