Arresting beauty. Julia Margaret Cameron

From 10 October 2023
to 28 January 2024

Jeu de Paume museum

1 place de la Concorde
75008 Paris

The first retrospective of this magnitude dedicated to Julia Margaret Cameron in France in 40 years unveils nearly a hundred photographs, ranging from her early experiments to historical, literary, or figurative allegorical compositions, including an impressive gallery of portraits of her contemporaries.

Few photographers from the 19th century have garnered as much attention as Julia Margaret Cameron. Her highly personal and often criticized approach to photographic technique, from blur to various imperfections, has emerged as a precursor style, innovatively incorporating imperfection and accident. Her work, original and timeless, created in just a decade between 1864 and 1875, stands as one of the most beautiful illustrations of the epic beginnings of photography.

The exhibition, produced by the Victoria and Albert Museum, is primarily composed of the artist’s works from the collections of the British museum. For the Parisian leg of this exhibition, the only one in Europe, it benefits from exceptional loans from the National Library of France, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Maison Victor Hugo.


Curated by

Lisa Springer, Curator of Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum; with the assistance of Quentin Bajac, Director of the Jeu de Paume, for the Paris leg.


Julia Margaret Cameron,<br />
I Wait [J'attends], 1872,<br />
Tirage albuminé.

Julia Margaret Cameron
I Wait [J’attends], 1872
Albumen print.
© Collection of the Royal Photographic Society at the V&A,
acquired with the generous support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Art Fund.
Museum no. RPS.1297-2017