Comments/Context: This ample show of Julia Margaret Cameron's 19th century portraiture is almost certainly the best near term opportunity to see a large group of her photographs outside a major museum. Like a mini-retrospective, it covers her more standard portraits of sitters both known and unknown, as well as her more romanticized staged scenes, along with a couple of portraits of the artist herself and a surprising photogram of ferns. It's a well-edited sampler, providing a comprehensive picture of what made her such a standout in 19th century photography.
So while there are plenty of bushy beards, formal suits, flowing hairstyles and lilting gauzy frocks on view here, watch out for the few portraits that go beyond the simply elegant, the soberly rich or the mythically uplifting to make a time warp jump to boldly look you in the eye and choke off your air supply.
Through November 18th
Hans P. Kraus, Jr. Fine Photographs
962 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10028