17 December, 2010

Annie Leibovitz Visits the National Photography Collection

World renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz visited the Museum on Tuesday - the latest stop on a personal journey she is undertaking looking at places relating to inspirational and culturally significant people.

Her travels, which will be documented in an upcoming book titled Pilgrimage, brought her to Bradford to view and photograph items belonging to Julia Margaret Cameron (1815 – 1879), part of the Royal Photographic Society Collection in the National Photography Collection which is held here.

Annie looked at personal letters, photographs, albums and a folio, all of which belonged to Cameron, one of the earliest pioneers of photography. Cameron, like Annie, was celebrated as a great photographer and for her work producing portraits of famous people and historical figures of the era.

Our Collection includes photographs Cameron took of Charles Darwin, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning and Sir John Herschel.

Annie said:

"I am very impressed with how you care for such legacies – of Julia Margaret Cameron's work and items from the Royal Photographic Society period. There really are treasures here.
"It is one thing to take care of such work but to give this access to anyone who wants to study or see it is fantastic."

To view a selection of items from the National Photography Collection including Cameron's work, visit our website:
http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/Collection/Photography

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