Julia Margaret Cameron, "Sir Henry Taylor", ca. 1865, Albumen print. Cameron took up photography at age 48. Largely self-taught, she went on to create one of the most original and influential bodies of work in the medium's history. Her portraits of Victorian men and "fair" women are characterized by their soft focus and physical intimacy. Cameron's approach is now recognized as boldly innovative and helped secure a high-art status for the medium.
Born in Paris, Photographer Andreas Feininger studied architecture in Germany, using a camera as an aid in creating his building designs. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1939, and in 1943 became a staff photographer for Life magazine where he completed more than 430 assignments in 20 years. Here, Feininger uses a camera to build a creative portrait of fellow photographer Dennis Stock. “ The Photojournalist (Dennis Stock, Magnum photographer)”, 1951 Gelatin silver print.