My review of Julia Margaret Cameron and The Allure of Photography by Bob Cotton

ebook (iPad iBooks format), 135 pgs
Publish Date:
This book attempts to answer the questions: Why did Julia Margaret Cameron become so besotted with Photography? What did she bring to the art? Why is her work important? Julia Margaret Cameron and the Allure of Photography is an introduction to, and an overview of Julia and her work, and provides the art historical and technological context for her work. 
My Thoughts
I am in awe of the beauty of this book. Not only is it beautifully represented and presented by Bob Cotton he gorgeously and intellectually writes about the concept of photography and its importance during the nineteenth-century not only to Julia Margaret Cameron but brings it into present day culturally while focusing his passion and knowledge of media and photography as it stands today. He explains it much more cogently than I ever could!

I highly recommend, 'Julia Margaret Cameron and The Allure of Photography' to anyone wanting to learn not only about the role of Julia Margaret Cameron as pioneering nineteenth-century photographer but as a woman, as a wife, as a mother, and as a friend. Bob Cotton has humanized her and brought her ever so tangibly and lovingly into soft focus!

I have researched The Freshwater Circle of artists and know a little about Mrs. Cameron and this book taught me about aspects of her use of the camera and her photographs that I couldn't find anywhere else and I've read the nineteenth century literature! Bob Cotton has gone to great lengths to do painstaking research and his passion for photography, cultural media, and all things 'Freshwater Circle' related comes shining through clearly! I add this to my research stack of books proudly!

If you are interested in purchasing the kindle version of Julia Margaret Cameron  and The Allure of Photography by Bob Cotton, Blurb

The soft cover version is a bit more expensive and harder to find depending upon availability copies may be available at, Cameron House Books 


Pamela Britley said…
Hi Kimberly,
I bought the softcover on Abebooks and I can't wait to read it!
Here's the link there are a few copies available.
Kimberly Eve said…
Hi Pamela,
Thanks so much for sharing the link on Abebooks. I just love them!
I hope you enjoy The Allure of Photography :)